The {Kayli} Edit
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The {Kayli} Edit

Say hi to Kayli, another face behind the Communelle brand. She loves sarcasm, Australian licorice, and people who aren’t what they seem—which is why she always orders a side of onion rings with her kale salad, just to keep ‘em guessing.

If you’re up for talking ethical fashion, politics, celebrity gossip, literary theory, and weeknight cooking in one convo, she’s your girl.

1. Krochet Kids, Pike Weekender Bag, $98

2. Noonday Collection, Birds of a Feather Earrings, $34

3. Le Creuset, Round Wide Dutch Oven, $300

4. TOMS, Avery Wedge in Black, $70

5. Schmidt's, Natural Deoderant Stick, Rose & Vanilla Scent, $9

1.

KROCHET KIDS
Pike Weekender Bag
$98

  Photo by Krochet Kids

Photo by Krochet Kids

As you might notice from 3/5 items on this Edit, I love me some black. The only thing I'm more obsessed with than black is a black and white print--and if there's a little leather thrown in, JUST TAKE MY MONEY. So obvs, this is the bag of my dreams. And the best thing about owning a fabulous "weekender" bag is that when you purchase it, you are required to immediately book a weekend away. Done.

Krochet Kids--and a version of this very bag--was the company that started me on the journey that has become Communelle. KK works with highly vulnerable women who live in poverty stricken regions of the world, providing job opportunities with fair wages. Every item they sell comes with a little tag stitched inside with the name of the woman who made it. My bag was made by Katerine, and her sweet signature is my tangible daily reminder that an actual human person is behind most of what I buy. Knowing that my beautiful bag also contributed to a livable wage and dignified work for Katerine is a greater gift than even the best weekend away this bag has allowed me.

 

 


2.

NOONDAY COLLECTION
Birds of a Feather Earrings
$34

  Photo by Noonday Collection

Photo by Noonday Collection

 

I’m not a pearl earring type of girl, but I am a black leather gold-dipped feather earring kinda girl. And though I’ll be the first to admit that my wardrobe isn't exactly full of fashion risks, I do like to get a little funky when it comes to accessories. If you're just testing the waters of the big earring trend, these are a great starter option; they're so lightweight you won't even know you have them on--though you'll be reminded when everyone you talk to remarks on how ahmaazing they are. Honestly, I've probably gotten more compliments on these than any other jewelry I own, and it's so fun to tell people the story of the incredible women who make them.

Noonday Collection is one of my favorite companies for good reason-- they work with the world's most vulnerable communities, partnering with artisan businesses using fair trade practices, and empowering these companies to grow sustainably and create dignified jobs for people who need them. I'm currently eyeing these beaded beauties to add a dose of boho to my otherwise boring cutoffs and flip-flops this summer.


3.

LE CREUSET
Round Wide Dutch Oven
$300

  Photo by Le Creuset

Photo by Le Creuset

When I was in my early 20s, I taught myself to cook. Or rather, The Food Network taught me. I watched the Barefoot Contessa religiously, coveting her colorful Le Creuset dutch oven (and her Hamptons abode). Whether she was artfully stirring soups and cream-laden sauces, or pulling a batch of red wine-braised short ribs out of the oven, I knew that someday I had to have one of those magic pots, too. But it wasn’t until years later, after suffering through the inadequacy of a cheap knock-off imposter dutch oven (#firstworldproblems) that I was gifted this beauty by my husband. (I also told him I want a house in the Hamptons like Ina, so hopefully he'll come through with that one, too.)

If you're a minimalist and want to own only a few culinary necessities, invest in one of these and a few good wooden spoons and call it a day. Even if you don't fancy yourself a chef,  you can open a can of chili, heat it up in your Le Creuset and carry it to the table like you've just won Top Chef and America's Next Top Model in a single evening. (Managed to burn your canned chili? Don't fretjust soak it for a few minutes with warm water and soap and voila! Nothing sticks to this beauty.)

I'm guessing you already know the Le Creuset brand; I'm not exposing you to a new local artisan here, but I will say they are a classic for a reason. Beautifully crafted in France of high quality cast iron and coated with durable, non-reactive enamel, these are your answer to how to keep those toxic, carcinogenic chemicals that non-stick pans produce out of your tasty braised short ribs...or canned chili.


4.

TOMS
Avery Wedge
$70 (on sale)

  Photo by TOMS

Photo by TOMS

When I say I wear these every day, what I mean is: I WEAR THESE EVERY.DAY. I have them in black (but you knew this already), and they are the perfect bootie: go with everything, can read casual or dressy, and don't look like something your mom would wear. My day job includes lots of standing, and the rubber wedge heel is a dream—absorbing every step and stomp (what? you don't stomp around at work?). They're easily the most comfortable booties I've worn.

I know that TOMS is not a perfect company, and has even caused a certain amount of controversy over the years, mostly because their one-to-one model has come under some scrutiny. But if you're on a budget, or new to the ethical fashion sphere, TOMS can be a good place to start. Their business model really did revolutionize the way many companies think about social responsibility, and served as a catalyst for a more thoughtful model for many other corporations. TOMS tapped into the ethically-minded consumer ethos in a way that few companies had before them. That's a pretty amazing feat in itself. And they're still doing incredible work around the world, so if it's a choice between some random corporate shoe conglomerate and TOMS, I'm going with TOMS every time.

{Note: these beauties are no longer available on the TOMS website but you can still find them at a few retailers.  We're linking to the least expensive--Zappos--here!}


5.

SCHMIDT'S
Natural Deodorant Stick
$9

  Photo by Schmidt's

Photo by Schmidt's

I'm definitely not 100% green in my beauty products, but there are certain things I feel strongly about and deodorant is one of them. I'll just admit up front that I'm not the girl who gets the "you smell so good" comment much. I'm not saying I smell bad, I'm just saying, I don't smell like perfume. Which is because I don't wear perfume, or products containing fragrances at all if I can help it.  Truth be told, I would rather smell a little sweaty than smell like "sea breeze", or whatever label the marketing department came up with for the cocktail of carcinogens that hide under the word "fragrance" on the label. Bottom line: traditional anti-perspirant is chock full of aluminum and carcinogens that we're rubbing directly into one of the most porous places on our body. Ick.

Ok, I'll step down from my (unscented) soap box now and just tell you that I've tried lots of natural deodorants and this is my fave. Plus its cheaper than most, and smells lovely in a natural kind of way (because the light scent comes from essential oils, not test tubes). All Schmidt's deodorants are free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates and of course contain no artificial fragrance. Plus they're vegan and cruelty-free, if you're into that sort of thing (which I am). 

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The {Lauren} Edit
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The {Lauren} Edit

It all started with a pair of hole-y boots (not to be confused with a pair of holy boots, Lauren is still waiting on those).  Yes, they were from H&M, and yes they ended up with a hole in the toe after 6 months.  A pair of "leather" boots.  Of course, they weren't leather, and quite frankly they barely qualified as boots they were so poorly made.  And yet, Lauren owned them, and wore them, and felt proud of the fact that she only paid $9 for them.  That is, until the day she saw the hole and realized that literally the only thing she could do with these sad shoes was throw them in the trash.  They were too cheap to fix (how does one even repair a giant big toe-sized hole in a synthetic leather wedge?) and they couldn't be donated because they were in such bad shape.  Staring at these busted booties (which, by the way, weren't even that cute), Lauren couldn't believe she'd bought them in the first place.  She hated the concept of fast fashion!  She wanted thoughtfully made, well crafted things!  Most of all, she cared about people and how they were treated.  She cared a lot. But her shoes were telling a different story.

So she changed them. 

Two years later she shops differently -- no more H&M, no more cheap shoes -- and she's hoping that Communelle is helping you to shop differently, too.  

Today we've got a peak inside her closet (and drawers and cabinets) and a little peak inside her brain, too.  

1.   MILK AND HONEY TEES, Camo Pullover, $56

2.  JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS, Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand, $28

3. RIFLE PAPER CO., Terracotta Notebook, $15 

4. EMERSON FRY, Vegan Leather Leggings, $148

5. C&C CERAMIC, Padilla 16oz Mug, $14

1.

MILK AND HONEY TEES
Camo Pullover
$56

  Photo by @ milkandhoneytees  (Instagram)

Photo by @milkandhoneytees (Instagram)

Camo is my spirit pattern.  Maybe it's because I like to shape shift into different careers (ask me what I do for a living and you'll get one of four answers, all true, depending on the day).  Or maybe it's because someone once told me that I look good in "warm fall colors" and olive green is hipper than pumpkin orange and looks better with black.  Either way, I am a sucker for anything camo, and this sweatshirt combines two of my other loves--raw hems and slouchy pieces that can be paired with fancier things (like vegan leather pants) to convey a cool-but-not-trying-too-hard vibe.  This upgraded basic is made by Milk and Honey Tees, a family-owned, home-based business that sells ethically-made statement tees.  While my ideal sweatshirt would be 100% cotton, I can overlook the 35% poly in this one because Milk and Honey is committed to giving back.  A portion of each sale goes to Africa New Life's Dream Beauty Academy, a program that offers job training, childcare, and discipleship to vulnerable women in Rwanda. 

 


2.

JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS
Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand
$28

  Photo by Josie Maran Cosmetics

Photo by Josie Maran Cosmetics

I will admit.  I am a Josie Maran super fan.  It all began with an adorable promo video for her Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil (something you should know about me:  I'm defenseless against aspirational advertising).  Now, at least half of my beauty products are Josie made.  Her signature 100% Argan Oil is my moisturizer and my remedy for split-ends, but this magic wand is my secret weapon.  A few swipes across my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose and I suddenly don't look like a tired, frazzled, overworked attorney/author/mommy.  I'm a goddess who slept 10 hours last night!  Which is exactly how I'd describe Josie Maran, the boss behind her eponymous skincare and makeup line.  Buying her stuff is a no-brainer for me--my skin has never looked better, and a commitment to fair trade practices, sustainably harvested ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging is in her (gorgeous) DNA. 


3.

RIFLE PAPER CO.
Terracotta Notebook
$15 

  Photo by Rifle Paper Co.

Photo by Rifle Paper Co.

The writer in me needs a notebook within reach at all times.  The attorney in me wants that notebook to have some colorful design flair because everything in my office is either black, white, or grey. The mom in me knows that this notebook must also be relatively inexpensive because there is a 92% chance that some smushed banana or boogers will end up on the cover.  This beautiful design from Rifle Paper Co. checks all the boxes.  And, added bonus, there's something about this particular palm jungly pattern that inspires me.  I've filled this notebook faster than any other.  

If you frequent hipster coffee shops in L.A. like I do, you've no doubt seen a Rifle Paper Co. product on display.  Perhaps you've thought to yourself "I want to be a person who requires a really beautiful notebook, but alas, I'm not."  I'm here to tell you, YOU ARE.  We're all trying to live out all those good living buzz words, right?  Mindful!  Intentional!  Thoughtful!  Present!  What better way to LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE NOW than to jot whimsical thoughts into a whimsical journal that won't give you eye strain or leave you with an EMF-induced brain tumor.  I'm just sayin.'

P.S., Rifle Paper Co. is a Florida-based company whose paper products are printed in the USA (most locally in Florida) on FSC-certified paper stocks.


4.

EMERSON FRY
Vegan Leather Leggings
$148

  Photo by Emerson Frye

Photo by Emerson Frye

I understand that leather leggings aren't for everyone.  But guys, they're most definitely for me.  What other pant screams you thought my grungy grey tee shirt meant I was a slob but YOU WERE WRONG as well as a pair of leather leggings?  This vegan pair from Emerson Frye is less expensive and more ethical than cow leather but they feel -- and look -- just as luxe.  I raved about NYC-based Emerson Fry on our Winter Coat Edit (and have not stopped stalking their online shop since), so click back to read all the reasons we love this no-waste brand.  Then buy these leggings, stat, because they're frequently sold out (pro tip: they run true to size and they're supposed to be tight, so resist the urge to size up).


5.

C&C CERAMIC
Padilla 16oz Mug
$14

  Photo by Sunland Home Decor

Photo by Sunland Home Decor

Coffee is a deep source of joy for me.  I can't explain it, but something about the act of drinking strong coffee (with cream, I'm not a savage) from a large mug makes me happy.  So happy, in fact, that sometimes I verbally thank my coffee for cheering me up (I never promised I wasn't weird, people).  Little did I know that for many years my morning dose of happy was coming to me in a toxic container.  Those oversized Starbucks mugs I loved so much?  Made with paints containing lead (the colorful ones) and cadmium (the glossy white). I don't want to dampen my edit with stats about toxicity, so I'll leave it to you to google after we're done, but suffice it say, these toxic metals are not your friends.  Lucky for all of us, there are plenty of non-toxic replacements, many of which are beautifully handmade by artisans.  My favorite design is the Padilla mug designed by Rodolfo Padilla, an accomplished ceramicist and sculptor who grew up in Argentina and studied in Japan.  His Padilla mugs (which are his original design but are now made by a company called C&C Ceramics in Mexico) are gorgeous works of art.  Best part?  Besides being lead- and cadmium-free, they're big.  For those of us who would mainline coffee if we could, these are a solid YASSSSSS.

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The {Sarah} Edit
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The {Sarah} Edit

An avid product enthusiast, Sarah maintains a deep seated sense of hope that she will one day find the perfect combination of serums and lotions to bring her skin back to the glory days of high school when nary a wrinkle or blemish dared appear.  When it comes to her closet, Sarah is always on the lookout for pieces that are A) weird and B) won't make her feel like she's giving "the man" what he wants.  Usually you'll find her in some combination of white, black, and grey, sometimes donning a mysterious Mona Lisa smile like in this pic.  What is she thinking? What's in her cup?  She'll never tell.

When she's not writing about ethically made fashion and beauty products, you'll find Sarah hanging with her boyfriend and dog in their Highland Park 'hood, taking awkward photos of herself, or working her day job as an entertainment attorney at the company responsible for all the time we waste binge watching TV.

Without further ado, here are Sarah's five splurge-worthy picks:

1.  CATBIRD NYC, Twisted Stacker Ring, $64

2. VINTNER'S DAUGHTER, Active Botanical Serum, $185

3.  SAINT RITA PARLOUR, 5ml Roll-On Parfum, $40

4.  BEMBIEN, Harper Bag, $185

5. IMOGENIE + WILLIE, Drop Tee, $55

1.

CATBIRD NYC
Twisted Stacker Ring
$64

  Photo by Catbird NYC

Photo by Catbird NYC

Don’t let the price trick you – though these are not super expensive, they ARE made of pure gold. Buy them in a smaller size to wear as midi rings or buy in your normal size to wear as you normally would. I love the way these look layered and worn together – they really make a statement even though they are so delicate alone. 

Like all of Catbird's pieces, these pretty rings are made in Catbird’s studio in Brooklyn from either recycled or fair-trade gold. Pure gold, not just gold plating, which means these little guys won't tarnish with every day wear--my personal pet peeve. 

In addition to their commitment to conflict free stones and fair trade gold, Catbird gives back.  A minimum of 1% of all of ALL Catbirds sales go to charities like the ACLU, the National Women’s Law Center, and Girl Up (you can see just how much is donated here).

 


2.

VINTNER'S DAUGHTER
Active Botanical Serum
$185

  Photo by Vintner's Daughter

Photo by Vintner's Daughter

OK. Here’s the deal. People seem to be freaking out about this new facial oil all over the internet. Into the Gloss is calling it the “facial oil to end all facial oils” and with that kind of press, who am I to poo-poo something that could apparently CHANGE MY LIFE. Histrionics aside, I finally caved and ordered the sample size to give it a whirl. And if it lives up to the hype? Well color my wallet $185 lighter because as someone who has struggled with various skin ailments for decades, I’m willing to pay up for a product that people are saying clears their acne up, rejuvenates dry skin overnight, and (the big one) fights aging. Maybe this will help me stop sending half my paycheck to Sephora every few months?  A girl can dream…

This oil is made from 22 organic botanicals by a literal vintner’s daughter. April Gargiulo.  Researching products that were safe to use during pregnancy, she was having to cross more and more of her beauty routine off the list - a worrying trend. Why not approach skin care the way we approach wine and hand select each ingredient the way a vintner would select her grapes? A fully organic product with no weird preservatives or ingredients with numbers attached to the end (peg/poly(1,2-butanediol)-52/32 dimethyl ether??????), this serum has the most recognizable ingredient list we’ve seen in a miracle product recently.


3.

BEMBIEN
Harper Bag
$185

  Photo by @bembien (Instagram)

Photo by @bembien (Instagram)

Generally, my goal when dressing is to have an outfit that is either truly confusing and detestable to my fellow citizens, or that has a piece people love so much that they go out of their way to tell me about it.  I like to be polarizing I guess, and am a big fan of dressing ‘ugly chic.’  This Bembien bag solves the latter; people always comment on how interesting and pretty it is. The detail of the weave up close is really special--the basket fibers are so thin you can't help but appreciate the level of artistry (not to mention the amount of time it must have taken to make!)

These beauties are handmade by artisans in weaving communities around the world, from Bali to Morocco to Vietnam.  Bembien donates 10% of all proceeds to the nonprofit org, Nest, which is dedicated to the social and economic advancement of global artisans through supply chain transparency, sustainable business development, and widespread industry advocacy.


4.

SAINT RITA PARLOUR
5mL Roll-On Parfum
$40

  Photo by Saint Rita Parlour

Photo by Saint Rita Parlour

If I had to guess what George Clooney's closet smells like, it would be this parfum.  A mix of rose, tobacco and whiskey, this heavy, mysteriously sweet, yet sharp scent works on both men and women.  If, like me, you've always wanted to be the person at a party who people ask "what is your perfume?!" (in a good way), Saint Rita Parlor's limited run parfum might be just what you've been looking for. 
 
Made with 18 rare, organic oils out of a workshop in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, this small-batch parfum is certainly unique in a world of celebrities with 15 of their own mass-produced scents (I'm looking at you, Paris Hilton).  If you want to dip your toes before going all-in, Saint Rita Parlor offers a small, 5mL bottle for only $40 (okay, that's a lot for 5mL, but we're talking about smelling like George Clooney's closet here!)  We've been told that the creator only makes fragrance when he feels like it, so don't wait too long to check it out--the current batch might be his last. 
 


5.

IMOGENIE + WILLIE
Drop Tee
$55

  Photo by Imogene + Willie

Photo by Imogene + Willie

If you know me, you know I rarely wear anything besides black, white and gray. A good white tee is sacrosanct to me--it’s dependable as part my favorite black jeans/black blazer combo for work, it's no fuss and ensures I’ll be feeling comfortable all day, and let’s face it--it’s just cool.  The fact that Imogene + Willie has invented one that's not too thin and not too long and not too see-through is just bringing me one step closer to my dream of having a full blown uniform where I just wear versions of the same thing every day.  Pro-tip: these are meant to be a boxy fit, so order accordingly!

Imogene + Willie’s tees are patterned, cut and sewn in the United States from premium American made fabric.  The Nashville-based creators dreamt of a company built around a strong sense of community and goods made in the USA. They also sell a lot of chic vintage on the site and what’s more environment friendly than reusing things that would otherwise end up in a landfill?  

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The {2.9.18} Edit

1.  THEO, My Cherry Baby 45% Milk Chocolate Bar, $4

2.  FARMGIRL FLOWERS, The Just Right Burlap Wrapped Bouquet, $68

3.  HIGH RUIN, Rose Garden Throw, $168

4.  CATBIRD, Angel Hair Tiny Diamond Stud Earrings, $196

5.  PACT APPAREL, Organic Cotton Jogger, $45

 

1.

THEO
My Cherry Baby 45% Milk Chocolate Bar
$4

  Photo by @ theochocolate  (Instagram)

Photo by @theochocolate (Instagram)

For all those times you’ve thrown around the term “life-changing” in reference to a bite of incredible chocolate—here’s a bar that’s LITERALLY changing people’s lives. The sad reality is that the chocolate industry is rife with exploitation, child labor, and human trafficking. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Theo has built long-term relationships with sustainable, ethical farmers who provide all of their cocoa and are rigorously screened to ensure fair labor practices and full transparency in their supply chain. Every Theo purchase directly supports the livelihoods of over 5,500 cocoa farmers and their 30,000 family members, enabling farmers to send their children to school, feed their families, and reinvest in their communities. Not only is every cocoa bean they use organic and fair-trade certified, the other ingredients they put in their inventively flavored bars are unprocessed and wholesome (no   polyglycerol polyricinoleate or soy lecithin here!  Don't know what those are?  Don't google them.  Or do, and be prepared to stop eating that stash of Hershey's in your desk) . Cherry in chocolate ain't your thing?  Theo's got a flavor combination for every palate, so order a bunch and have a chocolate feast on your new rosy throw.

 


2.

FARMGIRL FLOWERS
The Just Right Burlap Wrapped Bouquet
$68

  Photo by @ farmgirlflowers  (Instagram)

Photo by @farmgirlflowers (Instagram)

Rather than just stopping to smell the roses this V-Day, let's ask some questions about them. Like, why are we still ordering flowers that look like something our grandmother would have picked out for us in 3rd grade? From huge corporations with annoying websites and no real regard for the farmers or environmental impact of the products they sell?

It's time for a more ethical bouquet, courtesy of Farmgirl Flowers, a San Francisco-based company started by Christina Stembel in 2010 to offer a more socially conscious way to send stunningly beautiful flowers. Committed to building a business that honors the farmer behind the flower, creates jobs, and provides a superior product for the customer, Christina has grown Farmgirl exponentially in the last 7 years (check out all the press they’ve gotten!) Currently, 80% of their flower offerings are American-grown, and 100% are sourced from farms that pay living wages, avoid harmful chemicals, and have medical benefits for their workers. We especially love their burlap-wrapped bouquets, which are wrapped in recycled coffee sacks from local roasters—no more wasteful cellophane or cheesy vases that are just going to gather dust in the back of a cabinet somewhere. Here's to hoping some Farmgirl Flowers come knocking at our door this February 14th. 

 


3.

HIGH RUIN
Rose Garden Throw
$168

  Photo by @ girlintheworld  (Instagram)

Photo by @girlintheworld (Instagram)

Roses. Are the new flower. And outside is the new in. This garden bench throw, slash picnic blanket, slash bomber jacket turned home décor, is made even more amazing by its metallic leatherette accent. Roll it up like a sleeping bag, and throw it open when you’re ready to host a garden tea party. {Or when you just wanna look amazing with it wrapped around you on the couch.} P.S., if pink isn't your color, it also comes in a rad black.

We're so excited to introduce you guys to High Ruin, an edgy-chic home decor brand with a Victorian meets rock n' roll flare that just launched a few months ago in our hometown of Los Angeles.  Besides having a cool, unexpected aesthetic, High Ruin is helping to combat modern slavery so that victims can, in the words of founder and lead designer Drey Richter, "rise up out of the ruins of their past and set their feet on higher ground."  And they're putting their money where their heart is.  10% of the proceeds from sales of this throw will go directly to High Ruin's partners at Saving Innocence, a non-profit that serves, empowers and advocates for child victims of the illegal sex industry.

 


4.

CATBIRD
Angel Hair Tiny Diamond Stud Earrings
$196 (for two)

  Photo by Catbird NYC

Photo by Catbird NYC

A jewelry essential: the sparkliest tiny diamond studs. These, from Brooklyn-based Catbird, are made with recycled white diamonds and fair trade gold.  They're sold as singles, to mix-and-match like the cool girls in Brooklyn do, or you can get two and wear them as an understated but classy pair.

Our first piece of Catbird jewelry was a super dainty gold ring that's now sandwiched between two others (these guys basically invented the ring stacking trend).  These sparkly studs feel like a natural follow-up (and, c'mon, if there is any holiday that calls for diamond earrings, it's Valentine's, right???)  And, best of all, we love not having to worry about how our bling was made.  Unlike so much of the mass produced jewelry in stores right now, all of Catbird's pieces are ethically made in their Brooklyn studio with recycled or fair-trade gold (they're a member of No Dirty Gold) and conflict-free stones.  

Not a piercings person?  They've got beautiful bracelets and necklaces, too!


5.

PACT APPAREL
Organic Cotton Jogger
$45

  Photo by PACT

Photo by PACT

 

Option 5: for those of us who are OVER IT. Reject this over- commercialized, social construct of a holiday and treat yourself to a great pair of sweats in protest. For way less than that overpriced prix fixe menu, you can sport these fair trade joggers (jogging NOT required) which you’ll cherish much longer than that 4th course, anyway. Spend the evening snuggling under the perfect cozy throw, watching an underrated rom-com (we recommend #10), and falling in love with your own company.

Made of 60% organic cotton and 40 % recycled polyester, these are your new daily pants—cozy enough for an all-night Netflix binge, but sporty enough show off your impeccable lounge style if any of your secret admirers decide to drop by unannounced.

For more about this fabulous company--and the perfect undies you need to wear under these pants--click back to our New Year's Edit.

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The {Khristian} Edit

2.2.18: Guest Edit // Khristian A. Howell

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Color, pattern + design expert Khristian A. Howell is all about FEARLESS LIVING (her caps, not ours!).  You may have seen her on the TODAY show or NBC’s American Dream Builders with Nate Berkus or read about her in Elle Decor, HGTV Magazine or Real Simple.  Her book, Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design, was featured on our Under $50 Gift Edit this holiday season and lives on our coffee table permanently now.  Besides being beautiful to look at, this fun, how-to guide makes the art of color and pattern design seem attainable even for us (have we mentioned that we have 23 plain black tops hanging in our closet?).  And, when you're finally ready to take the plunge into full color fearless living, Khristian's got an array of bright, fun products--everything from iPhone cases to wall prints to throw pillows--that will jazz up your spaces and places without breaking the bank.  We love all the things!  (Especially her Fig Life Throw Pillow--we might redo our living room just so we can buy one!). 

We're so delighted to have this fearless femme brightening up Communelle this week.  Read on to find out what ethically made gems Khristian is loving right now.

1. LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY, Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist, $16

2. ART OF ORGANICS, Clean Beauty Box, $39/mo

3. LO AND SONS, The Hanover Deluxe, $148

4. KHRISTIAN A. HOWELL DESIGNS, Analucia 2018 Large Canvas Calendar, $85

5. SYMBOLOGY, Velvet Embroidered Kimono Wrap Dress, $325

 

1.

LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY
Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist
$16

  Photo by Little Barn Apothocary

Photo by Little Barn Apothocary

I love this face mist because - how indulgent can we be? I mean that in the best possible way.  I feel more than a little prissy misting myself (sometimes in public, summer in the South...hello) with rosewater and aloe.  I am totally ok with this part of me. Bonus, this is the best little gift to give when meeting friends on a beach getaway!  

Little Barn Apothecary is an Atlanta-based company that was founded in 2015 by Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins to create safe, alternative, and modern apothecary goods crafted from organic and wild harvested ingredients.  I am so thrilled for this southern pioneer!

 


2.

ART OF ORGANICS
Clean Beauty Box
$39/mo

  Photo by Art of Organics

Photo by Art of Organics

We all love a good subscription box, and this one delivers with clean beauty.  For $39 a month, I get a great selection of thoughtfully chosen organic, natural and cruelty-free products delivered right to my doorstep.  I love to experiment with skincare and cosmetics, and this subscription means I get lots of new things to try without worrying whether they're safe and well-made.  Thanks to Art of Organics, I can relax knowing that the items I'm using on my largest organ - my skin! - are nourishing and thoughtful.


3.

LO & SONS
The Hanover Deluxe
$148

  Photo by Lo and Sons

Photo by Lo and Sons

I never saw myself as carrying a backpack post-college, but life with a toddler requires hands free packing whenever possible!  The lightweight, eco-friendly Hanover Deluxe from Lo and Sons is perfect for travel (even if you're just going to the park!).  And, it's unisex design means my husband is just as happy carrying it as I am.  Win!

I love that California-based Lo & Sons is working to address one of the biggest problems for our landfills and oceans by using a recycled polyester blend made from old water and soda bottles to make this bag.  But the story behind the bag is what really sets it apart.  The brand was the brain child of Helen Lo, a woman in her 60s who developed back issues and struggled to find a bag that kept up with her busy travel schedule.  Every bag she bought was either too heavy or too frumpy or too tech-y or too impractical or wildly overpriced.  After watching their mom abandon bag after bag, her sons Jan and Derek ditched their respective day jobs to help make Helen's dream a reality, and their dad, an accomplished astronomer, became chairman of the board.  How inspiring is that?  I love supporting this truly family-run brand that cares about each other as much as they care about our world.  


4.

KHRISTIAN A. HOWELL DESIGNS
2018 Large Canvas Calendar
$85

  Photo by Khristian A. Howell Designs

Photo by Khristian A. Howell Designs

Part of the Fearlessly Chic lifestyle is staying organized and on top of a busy, creative schedule.  I carry the Ink + Volt planner for the nitty gritty, but a large wall calendar is essential for the big picture.  

Not only are our oversized wall calendars high-impact (hello poster size goodness!), they're printed on acid free canvas here in the U.S. for vibrant and archival color that'll last long after the year is done. Its fine art quality and durability will be a stunner on your wall.

Ready for the best part? Once you've said hello to 2019 next January, you can slice off the calendar portion of this beauty and be left with a canvas art print!  

We've got three designs to choose from, but the Analucia pattern is my personal favorite.  It blends youthfulness and sophistication like no other, and adds an unexpected splash of energy to any room.


5.

SYMBOLOGY
Velvet Embroidered Kimono Wrap Dress
$325

  Photo by Symbology

Photo by Symbology

Truth: I don't have this dress from Symbology yet, but I need (ok, WANT) it, and I think maybe you do too! 

Symbology was born with the goal of making fair trade sexy — um, yes please!  Symbology employs women artisans from India and the West Bank, working with them not only to produce beautiful clothing but also to preserve traditional art forms in each garment — from Indian block printing to Palestinian weaving and Native American embroidery.  They pay these women a living wage and invite them into the design process so that these artisans are empowered both economically and artistically.

I discovered Symbology on one of my favorite shopping sites, Bead and Reel.  Founded in 2014 based on the belief that fashion and ethics aren't mutually exclusive, Bead and Reel is an online shop that brings together 60 independent designers focused on eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free styles for conscientious women. Everything they sell meets the criteria of being thoughtful to animals, people, and the world.  It's so cool that the site is organized by searchable ethics, making it super easy for me to find products that match my values.

COMMUNELLE
The {Winter Coat} Edit

1.  Emerson Fry, Army Coat, $378

2. Komodo, VINA Wool Coat, €153

3. Patagonia, Down Sweater Jacket, $229

4. Vaute, The Belden Future, $575

5. Burton, Merriland Jacket, $161
 

 

1.

EMERSON FRY
Army Coat
$378 

  Photo by Emerson Fry

Photo by Emerson Fry

Before you fall too deeply in love with this super cool outfit topper (okay, outfit maker) from Emerson Fry, let us give you the sad news that it's sold out in almost every size already.  The hazards of shopping a no waste brand with a cult following!  What does it mean for an apparel company to be no waste?  For starters, Emerson Fry produces in extremely low quantities, so there are fewer units to sell overall (hence the sold out status of this perfect coat).  They also use preorders so they can better approximate how many people are likely to buy a particular product before they start cutting cloth.  Oh, and speaking of cloth, Emerson Fry uses eco-friendly jobber fabric whenever possible, i.e., mill ends, overruns, odd lots and seconds from other clothing manufacturers. Basically, the stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  If all of this weren't enough of a reason to love this NYC-based brand, just scroll through their online shop and try not to WANT. ALL. THE. THINGS.  See something you love that's out of stock?  Enter your email for a notification when your size comes back in.  That's how we scored this coat, which we haven't taken off since it arrived (you guys, it was in the sixties in L.A. today. That's basically freezing, right?)

 


2.

KOMODO
Vina Wool Coat
€153

  Photo by Komodo

Photo by Komodo

 

To our friends who have issues with buttons (you know who you are), may we present:  a buttonless (and zipper-less) wrap coat that wears like a bathrobe (in the very best way).  Made from wool and recycled polyester with a soft brushed finish, this modern spin on a peacoat feels super snuggly but looks super chic.  And don't let the p-word turn you off; the polyester component in this fair trade coat is a fully sustainable mix of cotton and recycled plastic bottles.  U.K.-based Komodo was an early adopter of eco-friendly cottons, promoting the use and development of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and Tencel even before it was cool. Today, they continue to use natural fibers wherever possible.  Komodo is also committed to fair trade and ethical manufacturing practices.  The majority of factories they use in Kathmandu, Bali and India are mid-sized, family-run factories that hold certifications like SA8000 and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and are independently audited to ensure compliance with Komodo's factory code of conduct.  Their clothes are soft on your skin and your conscience.


3.

PATAGONIA
Down Sweater Jacket
$229

  Photo by Reformation

Photo by Reformation

See, it's a "sweater" jacket because it's as warm as a jacket, but as cozy and wearable as a sweater. So essentially this is a 2 for 1 deal and you can't afford to NOT buy it. Also, this puffer has got some kind of sixth sense about the temp we want to be and always keeps us exactly on point with coziness, whether we're trudging through a snowstorm, or just doing a quick run to the store when there's a slight chill in the air. Never too hot, never too cold. Which is why we don't take it off. That's right: we wear this to make dinner. And during our Netflix marathons. Because why would you take something off your body that makes you feel like you're wrapped in a cloud of feathers? If anyone questions why we're wearing a down coat around the house, we just tell them it's a "sweater jacket" and also they should mind their own business and let us live.

We're not re-inventing the wheel here, this jacket is all over the place, and for good reason. But there are plenty of down jacket options, so when you're deciding between this one and some cheaper alternative, remember Patagonia's amazing business model and commitment to ethical and environmentally-responsible manufacturing. If you didn't read last week's edit, zip up your sweater jacket and read our full Patagonia write-up here.


4.

VAUTE
The Belden Future
$575

  Photo by Vaute     

Photo by Vaute

 

If there is a closet staple worthy of an investment, it's a black winter coat, and this one will stand the test of time both in quality and in style. Inspired by a Chicago winter (which sounds very poetic when you're sitting in Southern California and not actually experiencing it), this vegan beauty is cut and sewn in the U.S. of high-tech materials that will keep you toasty without harming any animals, people, or the planet in the process. The snow proof 100% Organic Moleskin Shell is insulated with Primaloft ECO and lined in windproof ripstop. We love the idea that you can wear it with the collar folded down for that classic double breasted look, or button the collar all the way up to keep your neck and face extra cozy (and stay incognito if the need arises).

Vaute (“Haute” + V for Vegan) is the world’s first vegan fashion brand—and the first vegan label to show at NY Fashion Week. The company was founded by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart—a woman on a mission to take animals out of the fashion equation by creating something better. The company uses technological innovative and high-tech, sustainable textiles to create beautiful garments that will serve you well for years to come. Plus, every piece is cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district, and ready to be rocked by you in any district you want. Last (and we really buried the lead here) use the code HAPPY2018 for $100 off your purchase of a Vaute coat!


5.

BURTON
Merriland Jacket
$161 (on sale)

 

  Photo by @Burtongirls via Instagram

Photo by @Burtongirls via Instagram

We love a coat with versatility—and this one will look as cute with your stilettos as it will with your snow boots. A classic parka style, the outside is water resistant and the inside is lined with down, so you’ll be cozy no matter what the forecast.  We especially love the details: the faux fur hood adds a little extra style, the microfleece lined pockets will keep your digits toasty, and the chest pocket with snap closure will give you a secure place to put your phone when you plop down to make snow angels. 

You probably know Burton as a snowboard company, but might not know about their commitment to environmental conservation and ethical labor practices. The company is currently on a mission to use 100% Fair Labor Association compliant factories by 2020, which will mean that every single person making their products works in safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly conditions. As a company that makes stuff for outdoor sports, they also work hard to minimize their carbon footprint, and this coat is is made with Bluesign® approved materials (which are guaranteed to use only safe chemicals and are manufactured to meet the highest standards of natural resource conservation, consumer and worker health, and clean air and water discharge during the manufacturing process). They also donate hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of product every year to the large Vermont refugee population to keep them warm in the winter, and to underserved youth and families across the country.

 

COMMUNELLE
The {1.16.18} Edit

1. Marlowe, Men's Facial Scrub,  $9

2. Knotty Tie Co., Necktie, $40 

3. Patagonia, Men's Reversible Bivy Down Vest, $189

4. Allbirds, Men's Wool Loungers, $95

5. Miir, 20oz Matt Draper Wide Mouth, $40

 

1.

MARLOWE
Men's Facial Scrub
$9

  Photo by @marlowe.skin (Instagram)

Photo by @marlowe.skin (Instagram)

 

The world is complicated, but at least we can agree on one thing: we all want smooth skin. Which is why you might be already surreptitiously using your wife’s facial scrub. Well, here’s your chance to score your own. Marlowe uses tiny pumice particles (not the plastic microbeads used by many scrubs which are incredibly destructive to the environment) to slough away dead skin in this phthalate free, paraben free formula. The mild scent of agarwood, sandalwood, and musk will conjur images of the great outdoors, whether you’re heading out on the town or just enjoying your supple facial skin while sitting in traffic.

In addition to making simple products with fewer chemicals, Marlowe supports the non-profit organization Clean the World, which partners with 5,000 hotels and resorts to collect partially used bars of soap and discarded plastic amenity bottles that are then sanitized, recycled, and redistributed to children and families in desperate need of proper hygiene. For every item purchased at Marlowe, the company provides bars of soap to those in need through Clean the World’s hygiene and sustainability initiatives.

 


2.

KNOTTY TIE CO.
Necktie
$40 

  Photo by Knotty Tie

Photo by Knotty Tie

 

Hate wearing ties?  Knotty Tie Co. is here to help. They're putting the fun back in functional with socially conscious, ethically made neckwear that'll give you (and your jelly co-workers) something to talk about at the water cooler.  With almost 50 unique fabric options, you’re sure to find something to counter the duldrums of tie-wearing life.  Still have dreams of heading to space?  Wishing you had started that brewery you always dreamed about?  Want to channel your last trip to Palm Springs?  Willing to shun outdated social conventions and wear flowers?  There's a tie for that.

Enough about you, let's talk about them.  Knotty Tie Co. was founded to create employment opportunities for refugees resettling in the U.S. Each of their products (they have bow ties, pocket squares, and scarves, too) is made by hand in Denver, Colorado—from printed fabric to final stitch. By providing refugees with a supportive work environment, flexible scheduling, fair wages and generous benefits, the company is removing many of the barriers that refugees face when attempting to become self-sufficient in America. Meet the refugees and read their stories on Knotty’s site, and then rock that tie with pride, knowing you participated in providing dignified employment to these amazing people.


3.

PATAGONIA
Men's Reversible Bivy Down Vest
$189

  Photo by @poshsimmons via Instagram

Photo by @poshsimmons via Instagram

When it’s too warm for a jacket, and too cold for a sweater, this vest has your back. Water resistant, reversible, and puffy in all the right places, you should buy this in a classic color combo because you’ll probably be handing it down to your kids. We love the fleece lined pockets and the retro styling—a nod to those classic vests from the 70s that made every guy look like he just got back from the mountains.

We know you know Patagonia's outerwear, but did you know that the company is a pioneer in the world of ethics and sustainability in the garment industry? The first company in California to qualify for B-Corp certification, they are one of the few corporations that has successfully scaled their business while maintaining strict environmental and labor standards. In fact, if you want a quick primer on history of labor issues in the garment industry, look no further than their corporate responsibility page. All of their cotton is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and they’re bluesign® certified for 56% of their fabrics. Plus, a high proportion of their materials are made from recycled fabrics, and they belong to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet. And many of their products (including their classic fleeces) are Fair Trade Certified. One more lesser known benefit: every time you put on their stuff, you’ll want to go outside and do something cool.  

 


4.

ALLBIRDS
Men's Wool Loungers
$95

  Photo by @allbirds via Instagram

Photo by @allbirds via Instagram

 

Dubbed “world’s most comfortable shoes”, these sleek and minimalist wool loungers from Allbirds might just change your footwear habits completely. You’ll love them around the house, sure, but here’s the kicker: they’re all the rage at the office, too. So basically what we’re saying here is THESE ARE SLIPPERS YOU CAN WEAR TO WORK. (And by the way, they have women’s and kid’s shoes, too, so don’t think you get to hog the coziness, guys.)

Allbirds was founded by a New Zealand soccer star and a clean-technology entrepreneur who shared one powerful idea: why not utilize the phenomenal natural properties of wool (which minimizes odor, regulates temperature, and wicks moisture) to make a shoe that is both incredibly comfy and socially and environmentally responsible? The merino wool used in Allbirds is ZQ-certified, which means it meets stringent standards of sustainable farming and animal welfare, and the non-wool portions of the shoes are made from castor beans (um, what? Amazing). A certified B-Corp, Allbirds also partners with organizations such as Soles4Souls, which donates gently-used shoes to people in need around the world.

 

 


5.

MIIR
20oz Matt Draper Wide Mouth
$40

  Photo by Matt Draper

Photo by Matt Draper

We all need a water bottle, so why not buy one that’s doing more than just quenching your thirst? This wide-mouth beauty from Miir not only has all the benefits you want in the perfect bottle—double wall vacuum insulation, sweat free, leak free, BPA free, medical grade stainless steel, etc, etc—but it’s also putting your dollars to work on health and clean water initiatives. Not to mention, it’s an actual work of art. How’s that for 40 bucks? We love the sleek design (the laser etched shark images are from underwater photog and environmental activist Matt Draper), and especially that wide mouth, which makes it ice-cube friendly (looking forward to some margaritas in this thing come summer) and SO much easier to clean.

But best of all, every Miir product funds a trackable giving project contributing to clean water and health initiatives around the world. Your bottle will come with a “give code” that you can register on the Miir website to get access to GPS coordinates and photos of the actual project your purchase helped fund. We’ll drink to that.

COMMUNELLE
The {1.9.18} Edit

1.  Gamine Workwear, Sweetwater Trouser, $150

2.  Proclaim, The T-Back Bralette, $68

3. Apolis, Transit Issue Travel Candle, $22

4. The Bee & The Fox,  "Strong is the New Pretty" Muscle Tee, $28

5. Nudestix, Magnetic Luminous Eye Color, $24

 

1.

GAMINE WORKWEAR
Sweetwater Trouser
$150

  Photo by Gamine Workwear

Photo by Gamine Workwear

We are officially obsessed with Gamine Workwear.  They make clothes for working women--not pencil skirts and pumps, but workwear for ladies who work with their hands, in fields and greenhouses and laboratories.  They call themselves "an exploration of femininity and worn character."  We call them an inspiration. 

All of their products are made by people paid a living wage, given health insurance, and who have logged 10,000 hours (and then some) perfecting their crafts.  And that last part?  It shows in the exceptionally high quality of their clothing.  These are garments made entirely in the U.S.A and field-tested (quite literally) in gardens by gardeners, before they're ever offered for sale.  While Gamine is known best for their dungarees (made from selvage White Oak denim in a tiny town in Tennessee), we're digging these chic Sweetwater Trousers, which are a collab with Dickies 1922.  We're not sure what we love more, the waist height or the fact that it's adjustable, so you can choose the fit you want.  And the story behind the Sweetwater name is great, too: they're named after the Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.), the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft, who were trained in Sweetwater, Texas.  These are pants that'll help you kick butt this year, whether you work with your hands or just want to look like you do.  


2.

PROCLAIM
The T-Back Bralette
$68

  Photo by Proclaim (@wearproclaim // Instagram)

Photo by Proclaim (@wearproclaim // Instagram)

Finally.  A nude bra for women who aren't beige.  If you've struggled to find a skin-toned bra that matches your actual skin tone,  (a) you're not alone, and (b) you've got to try the ultra comfortable and gloriously underwire-free T-back Bralette from San Francisco-based Proclaim. Unlike so many other bras, this longline bralette comes in not one, but three shades of "nude:"  the Nina (far left), the Frida (center) and the Zaha (far right).  While it might not be the ideal bra for a very large chested gal (alas, none of those here), we were pleasantly surprised at how supportive it is for our medium-sized melons (the longline style definitely helps keep things secure and lifted) and how great it looks under thin white tees (it doesn't show through the fabric, and the v-neck style means it doesn't peek out no matter how deep your v). 

From using fabric made of recycled BPA-free plastic bottles to manufacturing locally in San Francisco (every bra is designed, cut and sewn there), Proclaim is making bras that are not only inclusive, but ethical.  And, they offer free returns and exchanges, so you can see how you like the T-Back before you commit. Welcome to the nude revolution, people.

 


3.

APOLIS
Transit Issue Travel Candle
$22

  Photo by Apolis (@apolis // Instagram)

Photo by Apolis (@apolis // Instagram)

This American-made coconut wax candle from Apolis will make your space smell phenomenal (it's a masculine cypress wood scent with hints of fig) without polluting your air with nasty chemicals.  The travel-sized jar is designed to be taken with you, so that you can recreate the smell of home wherever you are.  The only problem is, now that we're burning it, we don't want to leave home.  We just want to sit around staring at the cool amber jar and sniffing the woodsy awesomeness all around us.  

Apolis is built around the concept of “advocacy through industry"--the idea that business can empower people.  This globally minded certified B corporation partners with entrepreneurs all over the world to bring their products to the global marketplace.


4.

THE BEE & THE FOX
"Strong is the New Pretty" Muscle Tee
$28

  Photo by @ lifewithabbyd  // Instagram

Photo by @lifewithabbyd // Instagram

As mothers of daughters, we bought this tee for the statement alone, figuring it'd work as gym wear if the fit wasn't great.  But, you guys, the fit is great (loose but not boxy and the rolled muscle sleeves make us look cooler--and stronger--than we actually are), and the fabric is buttery soft.  Buy one for yourself and get one for the littles in your life, too-- The Bee & The Fox also offers a kids' version in both pink and white.

We discovered The Bee & The Fox on Etsy and were pumped to learn that all of their rad statement tees are made in sweatshop-free factories--some in downtown LA and others overseas in ethical factories that are WARP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified.  Be careful, though--once you start shopping, you may end up with five things in your cart like we did.  We're pretty sure we need the Tough as a Mother sweatshirt. Maybe a Valentine's Day present for your favorite mama? (Especially if that mama is you.)


5.

NUDESTIX
Magnetic Eye Color
$24

  Photo by Nudestix (@nudestix // Instagram)

Photo by Nudestix (@nudestix // Instagram)

Whether you like your lids luminous or matte, Nudestix has an eye color for you.  And, their line of makeup crayons (their foundation and lip colors and cheek tints all come in stick form, too) make application a breeze.  Just don't expect bright green shadow; Nudestix's whole shtick is the no makeup look (not to be confused with actually wearing no makeup -- Alicia Keyes taught us the distinction on that), so their shades are all neutral-ish.  We like the Terra shade for daytime (it's a matte copper brown) and Smoke (it's a shimmery plum) for a night out. 

We love that Nudestix is vegan friendly, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.  And we're girl crushing on the founders, Jenny, Taylor, and Ally (a mom and her two daughters), who started the brand together.  Jenny is a chemical engineer with 20 years of cosmetic experience and her daughters are millennials who wanted minimalist makeup that fit their on-the-go lifestyle.  Nudestix it out to convince you to get rid of your ridick collection of products (most of which are probably toxic) and par down to a set of easy to use and vitamin enhanced makeup stix for face, eyes and lips.  Consider us convinced.

The {New Years 2018} Edit

1.  Ink+Volt, 2018 Planner – Signature Series, $40

2. Threads for Thought, Firefly Legging, $68

3. Pen & Post, Greeting Card, $6

4. Pact, Women's Undies, $23 

5. Interlink Publishing, Soup for Syria:  Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity, $30

 

1.

Ink+Volt
2018 Planner – Signature Series
$40

  Photo by Ink + Volt ( @inkandvolt  // Instagram)

Photo by Ink + Volt (@inkandvolt // Instagram)

You say it every year.  This year, I'm going to get organized.  Well, this year, you're actually gonna do it.  And this mega planner from Ink + Volt is gonna help.

It has layouts that help you set yearly, monthly and weekly goals with a flexible system to move you forward toward actually achieving them. There are also weekly journal prompts for inspiration, and plenty of blank space so you can adapt the planner to your own life. No matter what you've got going on in your life this year, the Ink + Volt planner will help you stay sane. (We're two days in to using it and already feel like a calmer, more organized version of ourselves).

Made in the U.S.A. with rainforest friendly paper, soy based ink and a luxe vegan leather cover, this is a planner you can feel good about carrying everywhere.

Want to make your own?  Ink + Volt offers the option to download a PDF version of their signature planner's pages for $10, allowing you to bind them yourself.


2.

Threads for Thought
Firefly Legging
$68

  Photo by Threads for Thought ( @threads4thought  // Instagram)

Photo by Threads for Thought (@threads4thought // Instagram)

We'd work out more, if only we had a really cute workout outfit.  That excuse won't work anymore, thanks to Threads for Thought's extensive line of workout wear, including tops, bras, and these perfect leggings, which we bought a couple months ago and haven't taken off (we also love their white tee, but we'll save that for another Edit).  We debated between including this style, the Firefly, which comes in a variety of great colors and has a medium rise, and the Betty, which only comes in three colors and has a flattering high rise, but this one won out because of the color options and the slightly less expensive price (the Betty is $74).  Both styles are made from recycled water bottles and brushed on both sides to create a super soft feel.

Threads for Thought was born in 2006 when recent college grads Leigh & Eric Fleet saw that the fashion industry needed to be more sustainable and wanted to do something about it. In the spring of 2007, they launched Threads for Thought with a small collection of tees made from eco-friendly fabrics with graphic designs inspired by causes that moved them.  Now they offer a complete line of both men's and women's active wear, from workout clothes to dresses loungy pants and hoodies.  A Certified B Corporation, Threads for Thought is committed to making fashion a force for good.


3.

Pen & Post
Greeting Card
$6

  Photo by Pen + Post (@ penandpost  // Instagram)

Photo by Pen + Post (@penandpost // Instagram)

May 2018 be the year you stop calling your mom at 9pm on her birthday because you almost forgot. The year you say thank you to that incredible friend with a beautiful card and actual writing from your actual human hand!  Do these sound like unattainable feats?  Let Pen & Post help.  They've curated a selection of cards from a small group of highly-talented card makers from around the world which you can buy today, when you're at your most thoughtful, and then promptly forget about until the card you picked arrives in your mailbox two weeks before it needs to get to your mom (or dad or sister or friend -- they've got cards for every occasion and recipient).  With Pen & Post, you can spend a few minutes now and have all your greeting cards set up for the entire year. 

Founded by husband and wife team Cody and Katie Gibbs, Pen & Post wants to make the card-sending process as convenient as possible, without sacrificing the handwritten note.  Though they live in the same city now (they've been married 8 years and live in L.A. with their two young sons), Katie and Cody's relationship started long distance.  Handwritten letters were a way for them to communicate in a way that was slowed down, more thoughtful, and more intentional. With P&P, they're hoping to help us be more thoughtful and intentional, even when life gets busy.  We found the process of selecting cards to send on their beautifully designed site triggered our gratitude for all the people we love and who love us.  Which, we realized, is the whole point.


4.

Pact
Women's Undies
$23 

  Photo by PACT ( @wearpact  // Instagram)

Photo by PACT (@wearpact // Instagram)

What better way to make a fresh start this year than with your underwear drawer?  It's time to finally retire those undies you've been wearing since the Clinton Administration  (they'll work much better as cleaning rags now) and get yourself some sustainable skivvies from Pact.  They've got loads of options to choose from, from the Lace-Waist Thong (our fave), to adorable briefs and hipsters.  The fit is as good as any high-end department store brand without the hefty price tag. Plus, unlike those, these are made from 95% GOTS certified organic fair trade cotton. Your lady parts will thank you for the toxin-free environment.

The founders of Pact started with a big goal: to create the comfiest clothes in the world without destroying the earth or harming people. No toxic dies or pesticides are used in the materials that go into their clothing, and they partner with organizations that ensure the well-being of their workers, like Chetna Organic, a company that works with small and marginal farmers to improve their livelihood and makes farming a sustainable and profitable occupation. Who says your undies can't change the world?


5.

Interlink Publishing
Soup for Syria:  Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity
$30

  Photo by  @yoyaarchitecture //Instagram

Photo by @yoyaarchitecture//Instagram

We first heard about Soup for Syria from the team at Bittersweet Monthly and were intrigued:  an all-star lineup of culinary celebrities from around the world (including Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain and London's Yotam Ottolenghi) came together to support food relief efforts for displaced Syrians.  When it showed up under our Christmas tree (thanks, sis!), we were delighted, both to support the effort (all profits from the sales of the cookbook will help fund food relief efforts in Syria) and to make some tasty soup this winter.  The book itself is gorgeous--it's filled with stunning photographs of refugees--and the recipes are exotic but not overly complicated (or expensive to make) and are arranged by primary ingredient, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

The idea for the book came from cookbook author and photographer Barbara Massaad after she spent time in refugee camps in her home town of Beruit.  She and a friend started making soups for refugees, which inspired Massaad to call upon her chef and foodie friends to contribute recipes for a soup-themed cookbook.  If "cook more," "be more adventurous," or "fight hunger" are on your resolution list this year, this book will help you check that box.

COMMUNELLE
The {A Day Pack} Edit - Nick

12.18.17 // Guest Edit Part 2:  Nick

Nick bio pic.jpg

meet Nick

Nick is the other half of the ultra-inspiring A Day Pack blog (@adaypack on Insta).  Thank you, Nick, for representing the Y chromosome here on Communelle, and keeping it clean and caffeinated with some soap and coffee we can't wait to try.

1. Thought, Edvard Jumper, £70

2.  Dr. Squatch, Gold Moss Soap, $7

3.  Astorflex, Softflex Sneaker in Stone, $128

4. Holy Schmidt Coffee Co., Whole Bean Coffee (Various Roasts), $15-$18

5.  ENAT, Leather Card Wallet, $22

 

1.

THOUGHT
Edvard Jumper
£70

  Photo by Moch Snyder

Photo by Moch Snyder

the stuff:

The Edvard Jumper is the real deal. Navy, so it goes with pretty much anything, and perfect for layering over a shirt or under a jacket. Thought has nailed the classic Aran-style sweater completely. The cable knits up and down the body and sleeves are handsome and pop out woven highways. Left to my own devices, I’d sleep and wake in it!

the story:

History intrigues me, so I thoroughly enjoy discovering what lies behind the surface. Thought, a London-based ethical clothing brand, sidesteps the impulsive tendencies of quick and easy and cheap. They are 100% committed to the reverse - say, slow and intentionality. Whether they’re choosing their hemp and cotton, partnering with growers, or brainstorming sustainability and planet-loving practice, Thought goes the extra mile to bring customers honest and down-to-earth essentials.


2.

DR. SQUATCH
Gold Moss Soap
$7

the stuff:

Soaps are a dime a dozen, I once thought. Dr. Squatch showed me the light with their manly bar soaps made primarily from olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, and shea butter. Essential oils are added for amazing fragrances, such as Cedar Citrus and Gold Moss, as well as natural exfoliants, like oatmeal, leaves, and sand.

the story:

In the mid-1970s, with technology revolutionizing virtually every American industry, soap, which up until then was made the old-fashioned cold-press way, started becoming detergent-like. But Jack and AJ of Dr. Squatch have made it their mission to return to the ancient ways of all-natural glycerin soap for the service of hard-working men everywhere. I can proudly say these are my soaps!

  Photo by Nick // A Day Pack

Photo by Nick // A Day Pack


3.

ASTORFLEX
Softflex Sneaker in Stone
$128

  Photo by Nick // A Day Pack

Photo by Nick // A Day Pack

the stuff:

These subtle, down-to-earth sneakers had me smiling back when I first purchased them and still do. I like my shoes low-profile, comfy, and good-looking. The Softflex knock it out of the park. The lining and insoles are made of vegetable-tanned leather and the soles are 100% natural rubber. They’re soft. I couldn’t ask for more; they're the perfect daily cruiser.

the story:

Astorflex has been in the business of hand-made premium leather shoes since the 19th century. The owner, Fabio Travenzoli, inherited Astorflex from his father Alfredo and uncle Bettino who “succeeded in the business of their father Daniele and of their grandfather Ferdinando.” Four generations of quality Italian and eco-friendly construction. In addition, Fabio is personally committed to responsible, transparent, and sustainable manufacturing methods. Each pair comes with four generations of expertise!


4.

HOLY SCHMIDT COFFEE CO.
Whole Bean Coffee
$15-$18

the story:

The last time Emily and I visited southern California we stopped by the brand-new office space of Holy Schmidt Coffee Co. There we got a tour of the little facility, including a tasting. Bijou Schmidt, the owner, whipped us up an amazing cup of coffee right there in front of us. Perfect. Honestly, the Schmidts are committed to coffee because they are committed to people. Their coffee from all over the world is selected carefully and ethically, roasted with love, and holy schmidt, it’s delicious!

the story:

It doesn’t get much better than two good friends from college who journeyed out into the world and business of coffee, and never gave up. Read the story here. I remember I was there when Bijou roasted coffee beans in a popcorn popper in a friend’s garage. Now they are up and running and doing great things, which include ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions for farmers and building schools for refugee children in Ethiopia. Their coffee is the best in the world. I don’t think I’m biased.

  Photo by Holy Schmidt Coffee Co (Facebook)

Photo by Holy Schmidt Coffee Co (Facebook)


5.

ENAT
Leather Card Wallet
$22

  Photo by ENAT

Photo by ENAT

the stuff:

Bunches and wads stuffed into my pockets is not my favorite. Too, I never liked bulky wallets. For years, I resorted to carry my things in my hands. But thanks to ENAT, I have joined society again. This time in minimalist fashion. ENAT’s Leather Card Wallet has been my companion for many months now and I dig it. All my important things fit in one of its three pockets. It’s simple design and quality construction will make it a friend for a long time.


the story: 

This little leather card holder is more innovative than meets the eye. The leather ENAT used to make this piece could have easily ended up in the dumpster out back, if it weren’t for their commitment to sustainability and putting an end to waste. The scrap leather from their totes doesn’t end up as waste, adding to the never-ending piles of trash around our world, but gets stitched into something fresh and purposeful. The concept: scraps into craftsmanship.

COMMUNELLE
The {A Day Pack} Edit - Emily

12.18.17 // Guest Edit: Emily

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meet Emily

Emily Pack is one half of husband and wife blogging duo A Day Pack.  Their Insta feed (@adaypack) is an inspiration in itself, and their blog covers style, travel, & more with a beautiful, simple aesthetic and a tone that’ll make you feel like they’re your new (super hip and stylish) best friends. Fortunately for us, these besties are willing to take us along as they navigate what it means to consume in a more intentional and thoughtful way, and look good doing it.  We’re so glad to have them as fellow travelers on this journey.

Read about Emily's five ethical faves then click over and find out what her husband Nick picked.  This is our first ever his and hers guest edit; hope you love it!   

 

the {emily} edit

1. Mazi, Horseshoe Drop Earrings in Speckled, $58

2. Thought Clothing, Fairfield Mustard Cable Knit Jumper, $86

3.  Purpose Jewelry, Riviera Thin Collar Necklace, $40

4. Leave Nothing But Footprints, Bridget Lounge Dress, $99

5. Nisolo, Dari Boot in Black $248

 

1.

MAZI
Horseshoe Drop Earrings in Speckled
$58

  Photo by Aimee Mazzenga

Photo by Aimee Mazzenga

the stuff:

When I first came across these earrings, I basically jumped for joy! I hold a special place in my heart for black & white prints (seriously, our house is filled with an array of black & white patterned art). Despite what you might guess at first glance, these earrings are exceptionally light weight. I love wearing the Speckled Horseshoe Drop Earrings for occasions, while the Speckled Halfmoon Studs are perfect for everyday.

 

the story

The designer behind these stunning pieces is Ashley, a Chicago-based registered nurse and multidisciplinary artist. Each piece is hand-crafted in her home studio. Believe it or not, Ash actually hand paints each and every speckle you see on her designs. Amazing, right!? What’s even more incredible and beautiful is that 25% of all Mazi profits go toward Team World Vision, helping to bring clean water to Africa. Mazi, meaning together in Greek, is not just crafting unique and stunning accessories, but is on mission to help meet human needs worldwide.

  Photo by Aimee Mazzenga

Photo by Aimee Mazzenga


2.

THOUGHT
Fairfield Mustard Cable Knit Jumper
$86

  Photo by   Moch Snyder

Photo by Moch Snyder

the stuff:

We live in the beautiful, yet often cold and rainy, city of Seattle. Sweater weather basically sums up our climate around here! Thought’s Fairfield Mustard Cable Knit Jumper is the perfect pop of color to brighten some gloomy Seattle weekdays. It’s ethically crafted out of organic cotton and is the perfect weight for layering.

the story:

Based in the UK, Thought is a forerunner brand in the ethical marketplace. Not only does Thought craft their garments under extremely strict ethical guidelines, they make a specific point to only create clothing out of the most sustainable materials (such as organic cotton, hemp, and wool). They are one of very few ethical brands to offer such a vast selection of closet essentials. From raincoats to cozy socks, you’re bound to find exactly what you need from Thought!

  Photo by Thought Clothing

Photo by Thought Clothing


3.

PURPOSE JEWELRY
Riviera Thin Collar Necklace
$40

  Photo by Moch Snyder

Photo by Moch Snyder

the stuff:

I love a good statement necklace, but sometimes you just need a strikingly beautiful accessory that isn’t bright, thick, or heavy. When I discovered Purpose Jewelry’s Riviera Thin Collar Necklace, minimalist chic were the words that came to mind. It’s dainty, yet bold. Understated, yet stunning. This is the kind of piece you could easily wear to work, then keep on for a night on the town.

the story:

Purpose Jewelry is an unique accessory brand focused on empowerment and education for women and girls rescued from human trafficking. The art of jewelry making, paired with holistic care, ensures every artisan receives freedom and hope for the future. Holistic care is provided through Purpose Jewelry’s non-profit, International Sanctuary, and includes education, health care, and counseling. Modern day slavery is a horrific and rampant issue, making us all the more grateful for brands, like Purpose, who partner with victims and bring hope into the darkness.

 

  Photo by Purpose Jewelry

Photo by Purpose Jewelry


4.

LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS
Bridget Lounge Dress
$99

  Photo by Moch Snyder

Photo by Moch Snyder

 

the stuff

Do you ever open your closet and think, "I have nothing to wear today." Let me introduce you to the most versatile garment your closet has ever seen: The Bridget Lounge Dress from Leave Nothing But Footprints. From the moment I slipped on this dress, I loved it. First off, it’s exceptionally comfortable. I would be overjoyed to slip this dress on every night before bed! But it’s too wonderful for that! Second, the organic bamboo fabric is buttery soft, yet surprisingly thick. I never would’ve considered bamboo to be a winter textile, but oh how I quickly changed that perception. Finally, I adore how this dress is loose fitting, yet beautifully structured. Available in sizes XS to XXL, this piece is flattering for all.

the story:

Leave Nothing But Footprints is on mission to transform the way people view manufacturing garments in China. China is, understandably, where the majority of the worlds bamboo trees are grown, sourced and spun into the viscose bamboo fabrics. By working with factories that create their garments from start to finish-  fabrics are spun, dyed and assembled all in one factory- they are limiting their environmental impact. Not only this, LNBF ensures their workers are paid up to 20-50% more than the region's minimum wage. This innovative brand is deeply changing the culture of ethical production overseas! 

  Photo by @jillematthews via Leave Nothing But Footprints (@LNBF on Instagram)

Photo by @jillematthews via Leave Nothing But Footprints (@LNBF on Instagram)


5.

NISOLO
Dari Boot in Black
$248

  Photo by Nisolo

Photo by Nisolo

the stuff:

Me? I’m a boot girl. Give me a good ‘ol pair of boots over any other form of footwear and I’ll be happy. But do you ever wish you had a shoe (or in my case, a boot) that worked for every occasion? Comfortable enough for running errands, stylish enough for office wear, and sophisticated enough for a date night? The Dari Boot by Nisolo is what you’ve been missing. The quality of these boots is evident from the moment you simply look at them: buttery soft leather, gold zipper closure, a mid height heel.

the story:

Nisolo is quickly changing the culture of the fashion industry. And coincidentally, they aren’t using fast fashion to do so. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Nisolo crafts timeless and quality footwear for him and her; truly something for everyone. Holding to a higher standard, Nisolo ethically manufactures their shoes in Peru, Mexico, and Kenya, offering living wages that are 27% beyond fair trade wage requirements. In fact, in one of their partner factories, entry level producers receive up to 74% more than fair trade wages, while experienced producers receive significantly more.

  Photo by Nisolo

Photo by Nisolo

COMMUNELLE
The {Anchal} Edit
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meet the Anchal team 

The women behind Anchal believe that design can change lives. Their nonprofit social enterprise is using design thinking to create innovative products and sustainable employment that empower women worldwide. Through their artisan program, Anchal provides alternative careers in textile design and production to exploited and marginalized women in India, working directly with female commercial sex workers who are seeking a way out of the trade.  Anchal products have been sold in Urban Outfitters nationwide, and have been featured in Design*Sponge, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, Better Homes & Gardens, Huffington Post, GOOD Magazine, and right here, in our 11.13.17 Edit.  We're thrilled that they're taking over Communelle today, sharing five of their favorite products that do (and look!) good.

1. Swahili Modern, Medium White Senegalese Lidded Hamper, $115

2. Rudy Jude, Karate Jacket, $105

3. Anchal Project, 22" Embroidered Triangle Toss Pillow, $68

4. Causebox, Winter Subscription Box, $49.95

5. Mulxiply, Felt + Leather Backpack in Black, $196

 

1.

SWAHILI MODERN
Medium White Senegalese Lidded Hamper
$115

{Chosen by Colleen Clines, Co-founder & CEO of Anchal}

  Photo by Swahili Modern

Photo by Swahili Modern

the stuff:

Even before starting Anchal, I loved spicing up my outfits with unique vintage scarves that I would find at second-hand stores. So needless to say I own a bunch of scarves and I struggled to find a place to store them. This year I purchased a gorgeous basket from our fellow Fair Trade Federation member, Swahili African Modern. This basket is carefully handmade by Wolof women in rural Senegal from salvaged plastic strips and cattail stalks. I really love the simple design and the elegant lid to hide my piles of scarves!

 

the story

Swahili works ethically with artisan groups in 14 countries in Africa. As members of Fair Trade Federation, they are required to undergo a screening process and follow nine core principles and a strict Code of Practice that ensures fair payment, wage determination, working conditions, sustainable production and environmental practices. This added verification gives me the reassurance I need to feel confident that my purchase is directly impacting communities in need.

  Photo by @ swahilimodern  (Instagram)

Photo by @swahilimodern (Instagram)


2.

RUDY JUDE
Karate Jacket
$105

{Chosen by Brent Drew-Wolak: Dyescape Coordinator at Anchal}

  Photo by @ rudyjudeco  (Instagram)

Photo by @rudyjudeco (Instagram)

the stuff:

I have been eyeing this kid's piece from Rudy Jude hoping this design will be available in adult sizes soon! One of the reasons I love this company so much is that they are committed to supply- chain transparency. This jean jacket, for example, is sewn in Los Angeles and is made from USA-grown denim seconds. Meaning, Rudy Jude uses cast-off naturally dyed denim from USA-made mills, thus keeping massive amounts of imperfect material out of landfills. 

the story:

Rudy Jude is a small clothing brand founded by artist and designer Julie D. O'Rourke.  Julie created a company that focuses on clothes that are good for the planet, and good for consumers. All of their products are naturally dyed and sewn in the USA. Although the brand started out as a children’s clothing company, Julie also releases limited lines for adults. I admire a company that focuses on well-made basics, and that is exactly what Rudy Jude does. Both the adult and children’s collections consist of basics that have been reinvented by adding beautiful natural colors. Julie just released Season Three, her third collection of children's clothes and will hopefully release adult sizes for these designs soon. She is currently out of stock of all adult clothes, but her Instagram is worth a follow @rudyjude--you'll want to know when she launches the next adult line!

  Photo by Rudy June

Photo by Rudy June


3.

ANCHAL PROJECT
22" Embroidered Triangle Toss Pillow
$68

{Chosen by Natalie Hugon: Marketing & PR Director of Anchal}

  Photo by @anchalproject

Photo by @anchalproject

the stuff:

We think you can never have too many pillows and you will never run out of places to put them - toss them on the couch, your favorite chair , the floor, pile them deep on the bed... you get the point. We might be biased, but the details in the hand stitching and the highest quality certified organic cotton used to make Anchal's pillow covers make them by far our favorite to buy. Did we mention the chic gold zipper closure? Every pillow is hand made by a woman artisan in our holistic program. Every stitch is thoughtful and tells a story of her personal journey to empowerment. Never has a pillow in your home been so meaningful!

the story:

Anchal believes design can change lives. As a non-profit social enterprise, Anchal uses design thinking to create innovative products and sustainable employment that empower exploited women worldwide. As a Fair Trade certified organization, we keep these principle's at the center of our mission – to create sustainable employment opportunities for exploited women through eco-friendly products and a market that supports empowerment. Anchal improves the lives of our artisans through a safe working environment, fair wages, capacity building and cultural respect.

 

  Photo by @anchalproject

Photo by @anchalproject


4.

CAUSEBOX
Winter Subscription Box
$50

{Chosen by Maggie Clines, Creative Director of Anchal}

  Photo by  @causebox  (Instagram)

Photo by @causebox (Instagram)

 

the stuff

This holiday season the Anchal team was invited to design Causebox's Winter Box! Together we designed a box wrapped in an Anchal quilt. When you look closely at the box you can see each stitch an Anchal artisan has made to create a stunning work of art. We love seeing the talents and hard work of Anchal artisans printed on all the beautiful boxes being shipped around the world. Every box is filled to the brim with fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle products, all made by socially conscious companies. It's like your birthday or Christmas every time you receive and open your box of goodies!

 

 

the story:

Causebox is a socially conscious subscription box dedicated to supporting a variety of brands that do good.  Inside each quarterly box you'll find an assortment of home goods & accessories made by artisans & socially conscious brands around the world. The best part about Causebox is the fact that they share the full story behind each brand.  Causebox is a fantastic way to support so many amazing brands with one purchase!

  Photo by  Causebox  (via Tumblr)

Photo by Causebox (via Tumblr)


5.

MULXIPLY
Felt + Leather Backpack in Black, $196

{Group pick!  Chosen by the whole Anchal Team} 

  Photo by

Photo by

the stuff:

We fell in love with Tanja from Mulxiply when we met her in the Handmade Global section of NY NOW. She radiates positive energy and is always so joyful. We found an immediate connection with her and developed a strong camaraderie as she is another female running a socially conscious business. Tanya's products are just as beautiful as she is and we particularly love her felt and leather backpack. When you think of wearing a backpack, its easy to associate the look with school and carrying books. Not with this backpack. It's sleek and minimal design gives it a grown up feel with a bit of edge. You can toss in your laptop and head to a coffee shop for an afternoon of working, or pair with a cute dress for a night out with friends. The versatility and functionality make this bag one you will wear with everything.

 

the story:

Mulxiply makes it their mission to work with organizations who provide sustainable, fair trade, creative work to women in developing nations. By doing so, they are providing critical employment in societies where those who don't have access to education are at risk of being trafficked. Even more, they pride themselves in working side by side with artisan teams to pair their designs with traditional techniques and materials from the region, keeping the heritage and culture alive. Because their products are made with fair trade labor, when you buy them or gift them, everyone wins. It’s the multiply effect!

  Photo by Mulxiply

Photo by Mulxiply

The {Katherine Wolf} Edit
 
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meet Katherine Wolf 

We're so excited to have Katherine Wolf on Communelle today sharing her Edit and to be partnering with her for the Hope it Forward "Dress 4 Dignity" campaign.  Every day during the month of December, Katherine will wear an ethically-made dress--in her wheelchair--to raise money for Hope Heals Camp, a non-profit healing community she and her husband created for families struggling with disabilities of all kinds.  You can follow Dress 4 Dignity on Instagram @hopeheals and #dress4dignity, and you can shop for many of her fabulous ethically-made dresses right here starting December 7th when we feature the dresses Katherine wore the first week.

Want to participate?  Tag yourself in an ethically-made dress during the month of December with the hashtags #dress4dignity and #shopabetterstory.  Unsure what it means for a dress to be "ethically-made?"  Check out our About page and read more about the definition of ethical fashion HERE.


1.  Thistle Farms, Healing Oils, $10

2.  L.L. Bean, Signature Leather Crossbody, $129

3.  Outdoor Voices, Running Woman Sweats, $95

4.  Nisolo, Emma d'Orsay Oxford, $188

5.  Freeset, Hope Heals Burlap Tote, $25

 

1.

THISTLE FARMS
Healing Oils
$10

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the stuff:

Smell is certainly the deepest connection to memory, and after using these essential oils this year at Hope Heals Camp, our summer camp for families with disabilities (the pic below is from the special hand ceremony we did with our campers and volunteers), these scents will always put a smile on my face and some tears in my eyes.  I love the pocket-sized roll-on dispensers, too, which make it super easy to take these with me and apply anywhere.

 

the story

Thistle Farms, founded by priest and social entrepreneur Becca Stevens, has one of the most redemptive and holistic business models I've come across. It melds a comprehensive residential community with thriving social enterprise to help heal, empower and employ women who have been freed from a cycle of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Also, they're intentional about ethically sourcing their materials, most of which come from the United States or other trusted international partners.  In addition to essential oils, Thistle Farms offers bath soaks, lotions, lip balms, and naturally scented candles, sold individually and in cute gift sets.

  Photo by Hope Heals (taken at Hope Heals Camp, 2017)

Photo by Hope Heals (taken at Hope Heals Camp, 2017)


2.

L.L. BEAN
Signature Leather Crossbody
$129

 Photo by (and picturing!) Katherine

Photo by (and picturing!) Katherine

 

the stuff:

Big bulky purses have never been my thing, much less since becoming disabled. The last thing I need is some ginormous bag weighing down one side of my body with a black hole interior that eats the one thing I'm looking for inside of it!  To that end, a good crossbody bag is perfectly balancing and small enough not to eat whatever I'm trying to find.  Plus this one from L.L. Bean closes with a simple magnet--NO ZIPPERS--and comes in several great colors.

the story:

L.L. Bean has been employing an ethical business model for a long time. The company is serious about rooting out any possible ties to human trafficking, so it audits its factories and supply chains to ensure workers are treated fairly.  L.L. Bean also sources responsibly made materials from their clothing to packaging.  We sometimes assume that a big company can't be doing things right, but L.L. Bean proves that they can! Another good reminder that ethically-minded brands might be closer to you than you think.

 Photo by Hope Heals // Katherine Wolf

Photo by Hope Heals // Katherine Wolf


3.

OUTDOOR VOICES
Running Woman Sweats
$95

  Photo by @outdoorvoices

Photo by @outdoorvoices

the stuff:

I'm not doing much running these days, but I love these Running Woman Sweats from Outdoor Voices.  If I could live in them, I would...oh wait, I do live in them!  These sweats long ago earned their keep.  They are the softest, most comfortable pants I own, and they wear more like cool loungewear than sweatpants.  I wear them in the gym, on airplanes and pretty much anywhere in between. And after years of wearing them several times a week and machine washing them, they still look and feel brand new--the best!  Totally worth the $95 price tag because unlike cheaper brands, these actually hold up.   

{A note from Team Communelle: we're digging the combo of these sweats with Hope Heals' new ultra cozy blue-on-blue Camp Sweatshirt benefiting Hope Heals camp.}

the story:

Outdoor Voices prioritizes quality, compliance to worker's safety, fair wages and benefits, and dedication to minimizing environmental impacts. And as opposed to the many short-lived pieces of active wear other brands sell, Outdoor Voices specifically seeks to keep their goods out of landfills by making them last longer--what a revelation!  In addition to the sweatpants I love, they also sell really cute leggings and work out pants in fun color block patterns.  Forget Lululemon, check Outdoor Voices out! 

 

  Photo by  @outdoorvoices  featuring  @    hannahbronfman  //  @    thefader

4.

NISOLO
Emma d'Orsay Oxford
$188

  Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

the stuff

I LOVE this oxford's simple but beautiful design--like all Nisolo's shoes. And it's so comfortable--the leather literally molds to your foot. Plus I love anything in this camel-colored shade--it goes with everything. Since my stroke, I can't wear heels, so I'm always on the lookout for stylish flats with sturdy soles.  These look great with skirts and winter sweaters, but the cut-out design makes these summer-appropriate, too.  A shoe for all seasons (in California, at least!) 

{You guys!  Nisolo has been so gracious to offer a 10% off discount code for Katherine's fans during the month of December!  Use HOPEHEALS10 at checkout.}

the story:

I love that Nisolo's producers receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment. The company's main factory in Peru has been making shoes like these for generations, and it shows!  I also love Nisolo's pricing philosophy: "If you're paying too little for a product, someone is likely getting the short end of the stick. If you're paying too much, that person might be you."  With Nisolo, the price is just right.

  Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)

Photo by @nisoloshoes (Instagram)


5.

FREESET
Hope Heals Burlap Tote
$25

  Photo by Hope Heals

Photo by Hope Heals

the stuff:

 

Our ministry, Hope Heals, has long-partnered with Freeset to create tangible reminders of hope that benefit our work as well as workers in Calcutta, India. We love this custom burlap tote they made for us.  With long cotton handles and a sealed interior, it's the perfect bag for Trader Joe's grocery runs or beach visits.

the story:

Freeset is the perfect partner for brands that need custom products. All of Freeset's bags and textiles are certified Fair Trade, and its business model offers women in India who have been freed from human trafficking the chance to learn a new job and be paid a good wage for doing it. I find it painfully ironic (and all too common) when well-intended, do-gooder organizations source things like t-shirts or bags from not-so-well-intended, not-so-do-gooder manufacturers. Check out Freeset instead!

  Photo by @freesetglobal (Instagram)

Photo by @freesetglobal (Instagram)

The {12.4.17} Edit

1. Alaffia, Neem Tumeric Shampoo, $10

2.  Fortuned Culture, Sanar Healing Bracelet, $55

3.  Jamie + the Jones, Staple Basic Midi Dress in Garnet, $298

4.  Cuyana, Baby Alpaca Infinity Scarf in Camel, $75

5.  100% Pure, Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer, Cocoa Glow, $36

 

1.

ALAFFIA
Neem Tumeric Shampoo
$10

  Photo by  @  vegantipstop

Photo by @vegantipstop

the stuff:

Turmeric isn’t just for your latte anymore. Truth be told, we don't love the flavor of the stuff anyway--but we’ll spread it on our skin and put it in our hair like it’s our job if even half of the health benefits it purportedly has are truly within reach. In this balancing shampoo from Alaffia, turmeric is coupled with another anti-inflammatory natural ingredient we'd never heard of called neem, which comes from a tree and has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties and is known to be a miracle cure for psoriasis and dry scalp.  But how will it make my hair look?  you ask.  Like you used a shampoo that costs three times as much. The day we used it for the first time we got three hair compliments before noon.  And, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked the minty scent every time we turned our heads (yes, it's a little toothpaste-esque, but we're okay with that.  Minty fresh hair smells clean, even three days post wash).  All these perks from ingredients that come from plants, not labs.  Lather up!

the story

Alaffia is at war with poverty and gender inequality in West Africa.  The company was created to give local communities in Togo the opportunity to self-empower.  They accomplish this by providing equal employment opportunities to men and women and by engaging in environmental sustainable practices to utilize indigenous resources like the shea butter and neem that are in this shampoo.  They're also committed to local empowerment projects, everything from maternal care initiatives (a woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth compared to 1 in 4,000 in developed countries) to campaigns to educate women about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to programs that distribute eyeglasses to students who need them.   Alaffia has also helped to pioneer the MADE SAFE seal, which signifies that a product is made with ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm (we're afraid to find out how many supposedly "natural" body care products don't qualify!)  All of that good work and their products work, too!  Our scalp has never felt better (their body washes are awesome, too).  (P.s., the link below is to the Alaffia website, but you can find their stuff at Whole Foods and Sprouts, too).

  Photo by @alaffia

Photo by @alaffia


2.

FORTUNED CULTURE
Sanar Healing Bracelet
$55

  Photo by @fortunedculture

Photo by @fortunedculture

the stuff:

Multi-taskers take note: not only is this a classic piece of jewelry you won’t want to take off, but it'll be providing healing powers even as it provides beauty. Engraved with the word Sanar—Spanish for “to heal”—this bracelet contains small magnetic plates on the inside which are used in arthritis and muscle healing. It also contains copper, which has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy and known to heal wounds, treat lung disorders, and help headaches. And it's adjustable!  Throw on a pair of over the knee-boots with your magical bracelet and you’re basically Wonder Woman. But better.

 

 

 

the story:

Fortuned Culture is beautiful jewelry that has a powerful social impact. The company creates jewelry lines for various non-profits and then uses proceeds from that line to support the mission of the partner organization. Each jewelry piece is designed to symbolize what the proceeds from the purchase will help the charity partners fulfill.  In other words, this bracelet won’t just heal you, it’s also working to heal the world. In this case, each bracelet purchased gives an orphan a visit to the dentist, an eye exam, and a vaccine.

  Photo by @fortunedculture

Photo by @fortunedculture


3.

JAMIE + THE JONES
Staple Basic Midi Dress in Garnet
$298

 

  Photo by Jamie + the Jones

Photo by Jamie + the Jones

the stuff:

We know what you're thinking-- if you're going to spend $298 on a dress, it better be AMAZING. Versatile. Comfortable. Flattering. Chic. And classic enough to wear for years. Allow us to introduce you to the Staple Basic Midi Dress from Nashville-based Jamie + The Jones.  We thought it was cute in photos, but when it arrived at our doorstep we saw what we couldn't see online--the richness of the red, how gorgeous the raw silk fabric looks (and feels), how fabulously it hangs; the craftmanship and artistry are evident in every detail.  With tailored sleeves, luxe fabric, and a loose fitting drape, this simple silhouette works for the office or Saturday brunch or even an evening holiday party (we loved how Katherine Wolf paired it with the Cuyana alpaca infinity scarf and her Nisolo oxfords this past weekend for a Christmas party for Hope Heals Camp).  We like it with camel and gold but we think it'd look just as great with black tights and a black moto jacket.  Don't love the mid-calf length?  There's a shorter version, too!  And, perhaps even better than its versatility is the fact that this beauty can be machine washed (in fact, because it's raw silk, it'll only get softer with each wash).  That said, if you want it to stay pristine and crisp from wear to wear, dry cleaning is your best bet (Jamie + the Jones recommends machine washing it if you want it to have that lived-in, perfectly worn, ultra soft t-shirt look). 

the story:

Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones create wearable art, all designed and made in their Nashville studio. Their whimsical, effortless pieces can be worn dressed up or dressed down, and they look beautiful on women of all shapes. Fun and lively yet still timeless and classic, the textiles and colors they use in their clothes tell a story we want to be a part of. At the heart of everything these women do is collaboration--from their own symbiosis, to their collabs with the knitters and weavers and marblers who work on their garments--these talented ladies have created a powerful, women-centered, cooperative space within the fashion community, and we dig it. We're also grateful for their generous spirit in supporting Katherine's Dress 4 Dignity campaign!  

 

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4.

CUYANA
Baby Alpaca Infinity Scarf in Camel
$75

  Photo by Cuyana

Photo by Cuyana

 

the stuff

Have you ever wondered about those women whose scarf always seems perfectly draped? Spoiler alert: it's probably an infinity scarf. And if she's looking classic and cozy, it's probably this baby alpaca infinity scarf.  Wondering what the alpaca movement is all about? Here’s the rundown: Alpaca wool is ethically harvested natural fiber that's warmer and softer than sheep’s wool (and, because it has no lanolin, even if sheep's wool makes you itchy, there's a good chance alpaca might not).  Summary: this infinity scarf will keep you super cozy without weighing you down. We love the camel color with everything from a red dress to our puffy jacket to our favorite t-shirt (t-shirts + scarves = how L.A. girls do winter).  Cozy chic at its finest.

the story:

Cuyana’s motto is "few, better things," a mantra shared by many in the ethical fashion world.  Planning for purchases and investing in high quality pieces will ensure that you don’t fall victim to the whims of fast fashion. Responsibly made in Peru, the elegant and timeless pieces Cuyana creates--like this scarf--will be favorites in your closet for years (maybe even for...infinity?).


5.

100% PURE
Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer, Cocoa Glow
$36

the stuff:

Bronzer sounds good in theory.  Obvious, even.  If we can't get an actual tan safely, then we'll fake it with a powder that's slightly darker than our normal skin tone, applied in the places where the sun would normally darken the most.  SO WHY IS USING IT SO HARD?  This bronzer from 100% Pure won't perfect your technique (you need this tutorial from Jessica Alba for that), but it'll give you the illusion of winter sun without making you look like Tinkerbell (we're all about some shimmer, but sparkles do not belong on a grown woman's face).  This Cocoa Glow shade is perfect for contouring (dark enough to serve a purpose and super easy to work with--the powder is so blendable that you can recover in seconds if you put on too much), and pairs really well with 100% Pure's Fruit Pigmented Luminizer.  We were scared of contouring, too, but once we got it down, we're digging the done-but-not-overdone look it gives us with just a few swipes of a brush.

the story:

100% PURE cosmetics are colored from fruit, vegetable, tea and other plant pigments which, in addition to not poisoning you (rethink that NARS lipstick, people!), contain a ton of skin beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and other healthy phyto nutrients that make skin healthier. (Most mainstream cosmetics contain Red Dye #40, Blue Dye #6, Yellow Dye #5, which are often laced with coal tar, lead, mercury and other heavy metals).  But don't go thinking 100% PURE is nothing but mashed up beets that someone calls lipstick.  This innovative beauty company is on the cutting edge of cosmetic science.  100% PURE invented the "nano spinning method" that manipulates the molecular size of their active ingredients for deeper penetration into your skin so they don't have to use polymers (liquid plastic) to deliver the goods. 

 

  Photo by @ 100percentpure

Photo by @100percentpure

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1. Ten Thousand Villages, Palm Wood Butter Board, $13

2. Barr-Co, Reserve Hand Soap, $34

3. Prosperity Candles, Burmese Gratitude Candle, $28

4. Nell & Mary, Succulent Tea Towel, $20

5 Areaware, Bent-Nail Bottle Opener by B. Ravenhill, $12

 

1.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
Palm Wood Butter Board
$13

  Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens

the stuff:

We promise, you'll be the only party guest who shows up with a butter board as a gift.  Small and mighty, this pretty piece will squeeze onto a crowded table of hors d'oeuvres but is still big enough to hold a couple of cheeses and a small bowl of honey or a stick of artisanal butter (you know how your food snob friends are).  And, though it's only $13, the dark grain and smooth finish make it look like you dropped at least $25 (usually the cutoff for those office Secret Santa parties, right?  We won't tell anyone you spent less.)

 

the story

Ten Thousand Villages is a pioneer in the world of fair-trade, ethical shopping. This non-profit social enterprise has been using market-based solutions to end the cycle of poverty since 1946, so you can ask your grandma if she loves them as much as we do. TTV sources all of their products from communities throughout the developing world, and every inspired design is crafted with love using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honored skills by makers the company has known and worked with for years. Their site is chock-full of amazing artisanal products. Forget Amazon, this place has it all.

  Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages


2.

BARR-CO
Reserve Hand Soap
$34

the stuff:

Finally a soap scent we never get sick of.  (We might also use it as face wash in a pinch...) Since friends are always asking us where we got this stuff when they visit and use our commode, we figure why not gift them a special version of it for the holidays? Before you roll your eyes at the idea of spending $34 dollars on a bottle of hand soap, let us point out that it's a really big (and pretty!) bottle and probably not something your host/ess will buy for themselves, thus making it a perfect gift. They'll appreciate the rustic glam quality it brings to their countertop, and the fact that they now have a hand soap that doubles as a conversation starter.  (SOAP IS A CONVERSATION STARTER WHEN YOU REACH A CERTAIN AGE OK?!?.)

the story:

Don't let their Anthro affiliation fool you. St. Louis-based Barr-Co. (one of the brands under the K. Hall Studio umbrella) prides itself on creating eco-friendly, quality goods in small batches with lovely, reusable packaging.  We bought our first bottle of Barr-Co soap for the pretty retro packaging and the scent; now we're buying some for everyone we know because it's the best soap we've ever used.  It leaves our hands (and our face and our kids faces and our baby's tush) feeling luxuriously soft, even without lotion after (though we'll admit, we have their lotion, too).  Barr-Co sells a gift set of most of their soaps and lotions in smaller sized bottles with metal holders to set them in.  They're cute, but the metal rusted on our bathroom counter, plus there's something about that oversized bottle, large and in charge by the sink.  Barr-Co is making statement soaps a thing.

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3.

PROSPERITY CANDLES
Burmese Gratitude Candle
$28

  Photo by Prosperity Candles

Photo by Prosperity Candles

the stuff:

Everybody loves a pretty candle.  The problem is, so many of the cute candles you find at high-end gift stores are petroleum-based paraffin wax candles that pump nasty chemicals into the air that can damage the brain, lungs and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties. Avoid that nastiness and go all natural instead.  We love everything about these black glass beauties from Prosperity Candle, from the wood wicks, to the essential oils they're scented with, to the fact that every one is hand poured by Burmese women in their Massachusetts studio. The symbol atop each label is the candle's name handwritten in Burmese, the official language spoken in Burma (Myanmar). Feeling especially grateful?  Spring for Prosperity Candle's "Thank You" set and get the candle, organic coffee beans and sea salted caramels. Sounds like the perfect day-after-the-party combo for the host/ess on your list.

the story:

Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise that supports refugees and artisans through candle-making and beautifully crafted vessels. Each candle is hand poured by a woman artisan using the highest quality waxes, natural cotton and wood wicks, and premium fragrances made with essential oils. No synthetic fragrances here! The women who started Prosperity did so to honor creativity and quality, support fair trade and ethically made goods, and to keep unhealthy stuff out of their homes. But most importantly, this is a company that believes in "contributing to the common good, the power of optimism, and in shared prosperity where everyone everywhere has the opportunity to thrive."  Amen to that.
 

 

  Photo by Prosperity Candles

Photo by Prosperity Candles


4.

NELL & MARY
Succulent Tea Towels
$20 (on sale for $12!)

  Photo by @nellandmary

Photo by @nellandmary

 

the stuff

Cutest hand towels ever. Perfect for your mom or that friend who just bought a house.  Or, hey, take advantage of the sale and buy them for yourself (we won't judge!  A girl needs chic tea towels!  Um, what the heck are tea towels?  According to HuffPost, they’re meant to be used as a "drying tool" in the kitchen.  So.... kitchen hand towels.  But tea towels sounds so much more refined, so we're gonna call them that).  Handprinted in Portland with indigo and charcoal water based ink, these will make even your most hipster of friends happy.  On sale for $12 right now, these cuties won't break the bank and the succulents are really just adorable.   

the story:

Oregon-based Nell & Mary (recently relaunched as North of West) was founded in 2012 by Krista Stovel, Leah Stovel and Avery Bloom.  Every piece they make is designed, cut, sewn and screen printed in their studio/micro-factory in Portland and sold in their flagship brick and mortar store.  We love that North of West sources materials which are either “rescued” or organic, and the fact that all of their inks are water based. In addition to unique home textiles, North of West offers really adorable kids' clothes.  Perfect for the new parents on your list, or for your own kiddos.  They'll be the hippest tots on the block.

  Photo by @nellandmary

Photo by @nellandmary


5.

AREAWARE
Bent-Nail Bottle Opener
$12

  Photo by @ areaware  (Instagram)

Photo by @areaware (Instagram)

the stuff:

 

Show up to the party with this little gem and a 6-pack of your favorite local craft beer and you'll ensure an invite to every party ever thrown forever and ever. This bent nail bottle opener couldn't be more simple or more genius, even if we're kind of mad we never thought of it ourselves. What we wouldn't have thought of, though, is the magnet that catches the cap as you open whatever bottle of cider/beer/seltzer you're serving up. Another magnet holds this to the side of your fridge, the perfect place to point it out as evidence of how hip you are. Next up, opening cans with a screwdriver or something.

the story:

Areaware is a small team of 24 people dedicated to bringing great designers--and great design-- to the marketplace. Based in Brooklyn, NY and Columbus, OH, Areaware supports the efforts of independent, emerging designers by producing their work; they oversee all aspects of bringing a design product to market, including creative direction, product development, sourcing, marketing, sales and distribution. This bottle opener was one of the early designs of Brendan Ravenhill, who now designs rad American-made lighting and furniture in Los Angeles.

  Photo by @ areaware  (Instagram)

Photo by @areaware (Instagram)

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1. The Giving Keys, Classic Key Necklace, $42

2. Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design by Khristian A. Howell, $18

3. Farmhouse Pottery, Silo Soup Mug, $34

4. Della, Purple Soaring 13” Macbook Case, $48

5. PHLUR, Fragrance Sampler Set, $18

 

1.

THE GIVING KEYS
Classic Key Necklace
$42

  Photo by The Giving Keys

Photo by The Giving Keys

the stuff:

We're not saying you should give this key necklace to someone with a note saying 'Here's the key to my heart' but we're also not not saying that.  We think of these as an updated version of the friendship bracelets we used to make at summer camp.  Perfect for a best friend, your mom, or even your boyfriend (or all three). Each necklace is unique--all of the keys used to make them are repurposed and crafted by people transitioning out of homelessness--and there are fifteen different words to choose from, which means you'll definitely spend a good two hours stressing over which one to pick.  Just add a "Breathe" key to your cart for yourself when you're done and consider it a $42 therapy session.  Money well spent.

 

the story

Giving Keys is all about paying it forward. Their business model has so many layers of inspiration built in, we can't even keep track of them all. First, through the actual key, which is meant to be worn for a time and then passed on to someone else who needs the word engraved on it. And second, through the story behind the keys-- the men and women transitioning out of homelessness who are gaining meaningful employment through crafting these little works of art. As of this writing, The Giving Keys has generated 108,413 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness, and the tally continues with every purchase. 

  Photo by The Giving Keys

Photo by The Giving Keys


2.

Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design
by Khristian A. Howell
$18

the stuff:

A book that both looks good and is useful. Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design by artist and designer Khristian Howell will brighten up any coffee table--if you leave it closed, which you absolutely shouldn't.  This book is meant to be used. It has a flexible, board cover, so it isn’t quite as substantial as a hardcover coffee table book, but we actually love that--our toddler barely screamed when he dropped it on his foot. And, because it's not heavy, whoever you gift it to can bring it along wherever their holiday travels take them for fun and creative exercises in the world of surface and pattern design.  What the hell is "surface and pattern design?" you ask.  In a nutshell, it's the art of putting colors and patterns together in a way that doesn't make other people want to hurl.  Yeah, you should probably do the world a favor and get yourself one, too.

the story:

Khristian A. Howell is a color and pattern expert who fuses her eclectic range of styles into bold designs for product and spaces, from bright throw pillows to patterned phone cases to fun holiday wrapping paper.  Intuitive and energetic in her approach, Khristian plays with ideas of hard and soft, light and dark, feminine and masculine to create depth and interest in her designs.  Her blog, KAH Living, is an awesome resource of design ideas from a true pro, whose motto is "Fearlessly Chic."  And she is.  Effortlessly. 

  Photo by Khristian A. Howell

Photo by Khristian A. Howell


3.

FARMHOUSE POTTERY
Silo Soup Mug
$34

  Photo by Farmhouse Pottery

Photo by Farmhouse Pottery

the stuff:

Sturdy and beautifully colored – think morning fog on a cozy, gray day – this piece of handcrafted stoneware will definitely become a favorite of whomever you gift it to.  Big enough for soup or cereal but begging to hold a really pretty latte, this wheel-thrown mug is an ideal present for the minimalist in your life.  She can use it for coffee in the morning, noodles at lunch, and ice cream late night (then throw it in the dishwasher, because it's top rack safe!) 

 

the story:

Farmhouse Pottery is the largest pottery studio in America and is growing every year, adding full-time potters and new products, everything from wheel-thrown stoneware to cheeseboards to handcrafted jewelry, all made in the U.S and all reflecting Farmhouse's commitment to simplicity, process and authenticity.  And, if you’ve ever wanted to fulfill that dream of moving to the country and learning to throw pottery on a wheel, Farmhouse offers workshops at their flagship in Woodstock, Vermont.

  Photo by Farmhouse Pottery

Photo by Farmhouse Pottery


4.

DELLA
Purple Soaring 13” Macbook Case
$48

  Photo by @ dellalosangeles  (Instagram)

Photo by @dellalosangeles (Instagram)

 

the stuff

You know that friend who has the inexplicably pristine laptop with no screen smudges or crumbs in the keyboard? How does she do it? She probably has one of these (but a way less cool version, so you should buy her this one to replace it.)  The Della MacBook case will help keep all your friend's laptops looking fresh--almost as fresh as you'll look carrying one of these cool graphic patterns into the coffee shop. Oh, did we forget to mention you should probably also buy one for yourself?  We love knowing that these were handcrafted by women in Ghana and imagining the story behind every stitch.

 

the story:

Della is a Los Angeles-based fashion line that is changing the way people shop.  Woman-owned and run, Della partners with women in Ghana, West Africa to handcraft all of their products. These women are offered an opportunity to use their skills and creativity in crafting Della's wares. Love adding one more brand to our list of companies that recognize the need for a global market that provides socially-responsible, quality products. In Della's own words:  "We are not a charity; we are a business done – and doing – 'right.'"

  Photo by @ dellalosangeles  (Instagram)

Photo by @dellalosangeles (Instagram)


5.

PHLUR
Fragrance Sampler Set
$18

  Photo by @ phlur  (Instagram)

Photo by @phlur (Instagram)

the stuff:

Have a friend who's been mentioning that they are trying to find a new signature scent? Or just likes to smell good and say fun words like Phlur? This sampler set comes with three 2mL bottles and will set him or her on the right track. Phlur has a little something for everyone - choose from a wide variety of interesting scent profiles, like the refreshing Greylocke (notes of sea salt, bergamot, birch leave, silver vetiver and pine resin), the heavier Siano (green pepper, ylang ylang, osmanthus, mimosa and cognac) or the floral Hanami (fig, white florals, hazlenut and sandalwood). And if your friend ends up loving one enough to eventually buy a full size when they run out, they have a pretty awesome bottle and packaging to look forward to. Pro tip: If they buy a full bottle using your account within 30 days of the sampler purchase, they can apply the $18 towards the price of a full bottle! (P.S. if you're wondering why you should be a conscious consumer when it comes to perfume, give their very informative ingredients page a read.) 

the story:

Phlur's vision for their perfume covers all the bases: ethically sourced ingredients, beautiful eco-conscious packaging, no celebrity-based propaganda, and-- best of all--it just smells AMAZING. Not only does Phlur leave all the toxic junk out, they publish their full list of ingredients (rare for a perfume company), and do not use any materials on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened plants. Their opaque bottle, made with an industry-leading 20% recycled glass, protects scents from light and thus eliminates the need for synthetic stabilizers, and their packaging uses vegetable-based paint, so we can recycle it after use. More than 1% of their annual net revenues are donated to environmental organizations, and the company regularly holds all-team service days in their hometown of Austin, TX. So now we don't just want to wear their perfume, we want to work at their company. We'll wait for your call, Phlur.

  Photo by @ phlur  (Instagram)

Photo by @phlur (Instagram)

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1. 31 Bits, 'Be Magical' Unicorn Necklace, $32

2. Pop + Lolli, Iconic Cultural World Map, $199

3. Tegu, Original Pocket Pouch, $25

4. Krochet Kids, Handpicked Hoots Beanie, $28

5. This Is How We Do It, by Matt Lamothe, $14

 

1.

31 BITS
'Be Magical' Unicorn Necklace
$32

  Photo by 31 Bits

Photo by 31 Bits

the stuff:

Skip those junky plastic play necklaces and give her something with soul that she can cherish even after she stops (publicly) believing in unicorns. Made of handmade paper beads from Uganda, this necklace tells a story you'll want your little girl to hear, and will bring squeals of delight from tots and tweens alike. Plus, it’s strung together with elastic, so you won’t have to be in charge of those tiny clasps when she wants to put it on and then take it off 67,000 times a day, and it won’t break in half and scatter beads everywhere when her little sis gets jealous and tries to rip it off her neck (not that this has ever happened at our house). Come to think of it, why not buy little sis one of her own? We're thinking the “Be Kind” version would be the perfect fit.

 

 

the story:

The idea for 31 bits began with a trip to Uganda, when one of the founders of the company met women who were making beautiful pieces of jewelry out of old posters. Though living in poverty, these women were using the few resources available to them to create beautiful, meaningful products, and the founders knew immediately that there was a market for these gorgeous, ethically made accessories in the U.S.; thus, 31 Bits was born. First selling at school events, craft fairs, and home parties, 31 Bits can now be found at hundreds of stores around the U.S. We especially love that their business model includes a holistic program for the Ugandan artisans that enables them to graduate after five years with their own businesses in Uganda.

  Photo by 31 Bits

Photo by 31 Bits


2.

POP + LOLLI
Iconic Cultural World Map
$199

  Photo by Pop + Lolli

Photo by Pop + Lolli

the stuff:

Of course you want to show your little one the world, but travel with kids can be really expensive. Pop + Lolli will help you to at least put it on their walls while you save up for the plane tickets. Tap into the innate curiosity and wonder of little minds with these gorgeous, playful fabric wall decals that can be moved and repositioned over and over again without losing their stick. Whether you just want to brighten up their space, or plan to do a nightly geography quiz (college admission is pretty competitive these days, best to start young) this vibrant wall art will make them grateful to be citizens of this amazing planet and residents of a very adorable bedroom. 

 

 

the story:

Architect, artist and former Disney Imagineer Mia Viljoen created Pop + Lolli to fit a void she saw in the kids' decor market.  When she was pregnant with her daughter, she couldn't find anything extraordinary to put on her baby girl's bedroom walls.  So she created it.  A line of made-in-the-USA, non-toxic, high quality, truly reusable wall art that turns design into a means of expression and exploration--something every kid deserves.  Unlike vinyl decals, Pop & Lolli fabric wall stickers don't contain any of the PVCs used in the manufacturing of vinyl and are made with an eco-friendly water based adhesive and lead-free inks.  And, they last--unlike the vinyl decals that curl at the edges the first time they're touched, Pop + Lolli stickers keep their stickiness and their shape.  Plus, with every purchase, Pop + Lolli donates a portion of its proceeds to Acres of Love, a non-profit that uses an entrepreneurial approach to solving the orphan crisis in South Africa.   A gift that'll brighten your kid's room and an orphan's life (and might just buy you some peace and quiet, too).

 

  Photo by Pop + Lolli

Photo by Pop + Lolli


3.

TEGU
Original Pocket Pouch
$25

  Photo by Tegu Toys

Photo by Tegu Toys

the stuff:

These are like the old school blocks you loved as a kid except way, way better. Hidden magnets inside will allow your wee one to configure and reconfigure into hundreds of shapes and sizes, and the handy travel pouch will keep everything tucked away between play times.Go ahead and turn up your nose at all the parents whose kids are staring at phone on the plane and at dinner; yours is engrossed in engineering a block tower. I mean, can you help it if your kid is a genius who shuns technology in favor of ethically made, eco-friendly magnetized blocks?

 

the story:

Tegu is not just making great toys that help kids’ brains develop, they’re making them in a way you’ll be proud to tell your kiddo about. The company owns their own fully independent factory in Honduras, where they pay their employees a living wage and prioritize career growth and development (as opposed to a task-based assembly line model). They also work with local Honduran cooperatives to individually hand pick each mature tree that is responsibly harvested for their blocks. And if you’re still curious about this cool company, you can plan your next family trip to Honduras—just email the company and they’ll set you up on a free factory tour to see where the magic happens. 

 

  Photo by @ tegutoys  (Instagram)

Photo by @tegutoys (Instagram)


4.

KROCHET KIDS
Handpicked Hoots Beanie
$28

  Photo by Krochet Kids

Photo by Krochet Kids

 

the stuff

I mean look at it. And then picture a kid you love peeking their chubby little grill out of it. It does NOT get cuter than a kid in an animal beanie. Probably don’t buy it if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like it when people are constantly stopping you to tell you how cute your kid is or ask you where you got that beanie, because that’ll be happening a lot. If you’re not keen on owls, there’s a menagerie of other cute critters to choose from, or buy a different one for every kid on your list and be done with kid shopping in one ADORABLE click.

the story:

Krochet Kids employs women in poverty stricken regions around the world to make hip basics with a beautiful story behind them. In conjunction with their non-pfocit partner, Capabale, they go a step further and provide a holistic set of programs and services including education, mentoship, and financial services to help women rise out of poverty in a sustainable way.  Want to teach your kids to be grateful for their stuff, and help them understand that there are real people behind the things they wear? Well Krochet Kids has got you covered. Every product comes with a small tag that is handsigned by the woman who made it, and even better, you and your little one can check out the online site of the maker and write her a note of thanks and encouragement.

  Photo by Krochet Kids

Photo by Krochet Kids


5.

This Is How We Do It
by Matt Lamothe
$18

the stuff:

There's just no such thing as having too many books, which makes them the perfect gift. And this one covers all the bases: it’s beautiful, it’s fun to read, and it will do some of that hard parenting work for you-- like convincing your littles that we should care about others and respect differences. The book follows the beautiful journey alongside the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day. See what they eat, how they play, where they sleep, how they dress. Of course, there are lots of differences that kids will be fascinated by, but what they’ll really see is that—despite all the things that make us unique—kids are kids, people are people, and at the core, the rhythm of our lives is more alike than we might think.

 Photo by  @ maisonetteworld    

Photo by @maisonetteworld
 

the story:

How do we write the story for a story? Author Matt Lamothe's travels inspired him to write this book and share with kids the beauty of life in all parts of the globe. He is one-third of the award-winning design company ALSO as well as the coauthor of The Exquisite Book, The Where, the Why and the How, and The Who, the What, and the When.  Lamonthe lives in Chicago.

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1. Nisolo, Loreto Messenger Bag in Waxed Canvas, $158

2.  Flint and Tinder, 10-year Hoodie in Gray, $98

3. Original Grain, The Brewmaster, $219 (on sale for $165)

4. Outerknown, Wellthread Levi's 511 Slim Fit Jeans, $128

5.  Sword & Plough, Green Travel Kit, $79

 

1.

NISOLO
Loreto Messenger Bag in Waxed Canvas
$158

  Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens

the stuff:

Whatever plane, train, car, or bike gets your man where he’s going, this bag will be his new daily companion.  Classic enough for the office, but durable enough to get thrown around, the Loreto messenger bag is the perfect gift for any guy looking to keep his life in order. Equipped with a padded slot for his laptop, plus compartments for his phone, note pads, water bottle, and pens, he needs this even if he doesn't know it yet. The main compartment holds plenty of space for books, files, or the stacks of love letters he’ll be hand writing to you.  

the story

Nisolo is dedicated to making beautifully designed goods at fair prices in an ethical way. This bag is made at their factory in Leon, Mexico, a city that is known for its artisanship, specifically with regard to leather goods.  Nisolo works closely with their partner factories and Nisolo employees visit multiple times per year to ensure that their standards are being met. At a minimum, all producers working for Nisolo must be 18 years or older, receive beyond fair trade wages, healthy working conditions, and healthcare.  So basically, they’ve got ethical manufacturing in the bag. (Sorry, had to do it.)

  Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens


FLINT & TINDER
10-year Hoodie in Gray
$98

2.

  Photo by Flint & Tinder

Photo by Flint & Tinder

the stuff:

Don’t call this a “sweatshirt”—it’s so much more than that. Comfortable without being sloppy, slim but not too tight, this classic wardrobe staple covers all the bases for everyone from your brother to your boyfriend. Just make sure you buy a color you love, because you'll be seeing it a lot--and for a long time.  Flint & Tinder designed their 10-year hoodie to last a decade. And you know what the guy you give this to will be doing every time he zips this thing up over the next 10 years? Thinking about you, the greatest gift giver of all time.

 

the story

Made in the U.S.A. “from seed to stitch”, the 10-year hoodie is sewn from cotton grown in the Mississippi Delta, includes zippers machined in Georgia, and passes through the hands of 20+ American workers on its journey to your doorstep. Flint & Tinder's mission is to re-ignite American manufacturing by partnering with incredible garment makers around the U.S. to produce thoughtfully crafted clothes that are built to last. If the men in your life think there aren't enough ethical options for them on the market, here's a good place to start.

  Photo by Flint and Tinder

Photo by Flint and Tinder


3.

ORIGINAL GRAIN
Brewmaster 42mm
$219 (on sale for $165)

  Photo by Original Grain

Photo by Original Grain

the stuff:

The guy in your life is either a watch guy or he isn't.  If he is, this unique design from Original Grain will be a stellar edition to his existing collection, and guaranteed to be a conversation piece wherever he goes. And during that conversation, he can share that this gorgeous timepiece is made from reclaimed German Oak beer barrel wood, and stainless steel . What is more manly chic than that? Oh, and if your guy isn't a watch guy, buy him this anyway. It'll make him one.  

the story:

 

Original Grain was started in 2013 when brothers Ryan and Andrew Beltran were inspired to create a watch that simply didn’t exist. Influenced by their roots growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the mission was to create unique timepieces that seamlessly integrate natural hardwood and stainless steel. Today, Original Grain is not only known for the craftsmanship that goes into each design, but the stories that can be told about the materials used. The company works with Trees for the Future Non-Profit Organization, who plants 1 tree for each watch sold, providing both food and jobs for thousands of people around the globe.

  Photo by @originalgrain

Photo by @originalgrain


4.

OUTERKNOWN
Wellthread Levi's 511 Slim Fit Jeans
$128

  Photo by Outerknown

Photo by Outerknown

 

the stuff:

Why should the ladies get all the good denim? These are the jeans your guy has always wanted, made in a way he’ll want to get his behind behind. Save him the research on the best denim out there, and splurge a little for this ethically-made and environmentally conscious collab between Kelly Slater’s brand Outerknown and the denim brand that started it all, Levi's. (That’s right, Levi's! They’re making great strides in working towards more ethical and sustainable supply chain, and this line is a great sign of things to come.)

 

the story:

Outerknown's founder is the famed world-class surfer Kelly Slater, who started the company, in his words, "to lift the lid on the traditional supply chain and prove that you can actually produce great looking menswear in a sustainable way." The company is fully transparent (you can read their full list of suppliers on their website) and committed to making products that are focused on the well-being of both the people who make them and the environment .

Ironically, they had never planned to do denim. As an environmentally conscious company, it just didn't seem possible given the human and environmental consequencecs of denim (2 billion pairs of jeans are produced every year, each requiring almost 2,000 gallons of water to produce, and denim chemicals are dyeing rivers around the world an alarming shade of blue). Long story short, they realized that Levis was working on a more eco-conscious denim line based on waterless dyes and cotton designed for max recyclability, and when they put their minds together these amazing jeans were born.

  Photo by Outerknown

Photo by Outerknown


5.

SWORD & PLOUGH
Green Travel Kit
$79

  Photo by @ swordandplough

Photo by @swordandplough

the stuff:

Be forwarned: if you buy someone you live with this Travel Kit from Sword & Plough, expect to see it living on your bathroom countertop for the foreseeable future.  It's so man-styly (not a word?  It is now!) that your man won't want to put it away. And that's fine, because it'll hold all his toiletries and with one tug of the zipper, make them all disappear.  If the guy in your life is a travelin' man, even better; now he can ditch the Ziploc bags he's been stuffing his razor and toothbrush into for good. This made in the U.S. kit is durable and water resistant, but also looks really cool.

the story:

Sword & Plough is a socially conscious brand that works with American manufacturers who employ veterans. The company recycles military surplus (this bag is handmade in the U.S. using military grade fabric, and high quality American leather) and incorporates that fabric into stylish bag designs. Plus they donate 10% of their profits back to veteran organizations. Support our troops, repurpose textile waste, get your guy (or yourself!) a great toiletry bag? There's no downside here.

 

 

  Photo by @ swordandplough

Photo by @swordandplough

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1.  People Tree, Stripe Pajamas, $84

2.  LSTN, The Wireless Troubadour, $180

3. Rumi, Earth Yoga Mat, $109

4. Purpose Jewelry, Chevron Necklace in Bronze, $36

5. Amour Vert, Classic Biker Jacket, $278

 

1.

PEOPLE TREE
Striped Pajamas
$84

  Photo by People Tree

Photo by People Tree

the stuff:

Okay, yes, there's a 85% chance the girl you give these to will make a jailbird joke within seconds of opening them.  Just smile and tell her to put them on.  As soon as she realizes you've given her the most comfortable pair of pajamas she's ever owned, she won't be thinking about the fact that she looks like Bugs Bunny in the episode when he accidentally ends up in Sing Song Prison--she'll be too busy ordering another pair.  Made of 100% organic cotton that gets softer every time you wash it (for real), these PJs won't just go in her nightwear rotation; they'll easily become the only pair she wears (they're on sale right now so you might as well get her a backup set--they come in cute stars, too). 

the story

These pajamas are made of non-toxic fibers that won't give you nightmares. But all of your PJs are made of cotton, you say.  Well, unless it's organic cotton, you'd be better off sleeping in the buff.  Seven of the most carcinogenic chemicals on the planet are used to grow cotton, predominately in the developing world where there aren't safety regulations to keep the chemical use in check. By buying organic cotton from companies like People Tree you're keeping the farmers that grow cotton healthy (the chemicals that end up in your clothes land in their lungs first) and helping to protect the environment.  We mentioned this before but we'll say it again:  People Tree developed the first integrated supply chain for organic cotton from farm to final product and was the first company anywhere to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification on a supply chain entirely in the developing world.  These pajamas were made by Assisi Garments, a social enterprise in India. The skilled artisans at Assisi transform fair trade and organic cotton fiber into beautiful handmade garments like these.

  Photo by @lmillerwrites (Instagram)

Photo by @lmillerwrites (Instagram)


2.

LSTN
The Wireless Troubadour
$180

  Photo by LSTN

Photo by LSTN

the stuff:

We've never felt cool in over-the-ear headphones.  Until now.  If you know a girl who loves music, or one who likes to tune the world out when she's reading/writing/working, these headphones from LSTN are the gift you've got to give.  The cherry wood panels look cool, but they sound even better--by putting their custom-designed 40mm neodymium drivers (we have no idea what those are, we just know that our playlist sounds really good) in a real wood housing, LSTN delivers a consistently awesome audio experience, whether your mom/girlfriend/sister/niece is jamming to music or catching up on her podcasts (who doesn't want Ira Glass coming in crisp and clean?).  Not sure she'll dig the over-the-ear style?  They've got earbuds too.

the story:

LSTN is a company with purpose: they want to change lives through the power of music. Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through LSTN's charity partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation.  And they don't just give money; LSTN sends team members on trips with to bring hearing aids to children and adults in communities that need them.  A recent trip to Arequipa, Peru brought over 1,000 hearing aids to people there.  Reading about a little girl named Marisela who heard music for the first time after getting a bone-conducting hearing aid gave us full body goosebumps.  It's hard not to think about her every time we put these headphones on now.  That's worth the price tag right there.

  Photo by LSTN

Photo by LSTN


3.

RUMI
Earth Yoga Mat
$109

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the stuff:

A yoga mat unlike any yoga mat she's used before.  You can put that in the card that goes with the Earth mat from Rumi.  Or you can just let her see and feel the top surface (it's woven with a subtle texture that makes it easy to grip but is still smooth enough not to wreck her flow) and then tell her that you've changed her life because this yoga mat can be machine washed.  Yes.  Machine washed.  In a washing machine.  No more overpriced mat cleaning sprays!  No more stressing that she set her mat down in the bathroom and it unrolled across the bathroom floor! (no? just us?) If your girl's a true yogi, this mat's fold-not-roll design might throw her.  But it won't be long until she realizes that unlike a rolled one, a folded mat will fit into her work bag...so no one at the office will have any idea that she's sneaking out for an evening class...

the story:

The owner and creator of Rumi wanted earthy, natural products for his own yoga and meditation practice.  Unlike other yoga mats, Rumi mats are completely biodegradable.  That means that when you're done using your mat, you can throw it outside and it'll reintegrate into the Earth.  We haven't tried it yet (we're still using our mat and can't imagine ever giving it up), but we love knowing that if we ever stop sun saluting, our mat won't end up in a landfill.  We bet the girl you give this to will appreciate that, too.

  Photo by @ rumiearth  (Instagram)

Photo by @rumiearth (Instagram)


4.

PURPOSE JEWELRY
Chevron Necklace in Bronze
$36

 

the stuff

We get it.  Jewelry is a tough gift to give.  This necklace from Purpose Jewelry makes it easy.  The simple yet interesting design (did you know that the chevron dates back as early as 1800 BC?) jives with a variety of styles and can be dressed up or dressed down.  The muted bronze looks great with pretty much everything and can be worn with silver or gold or both at the same time if the lady in your life wants to layer on (in case you missed the memo, mixing metals is a-ok).  The main reason to gift this necklace, though, is the story behind it.  This piece was handcrafted by a survivor of human trafficking and 100% of the proceeds from your purchase will go to International Sanctuary benefiting girls and women escaping human trafficking.  

the story:

Purpose Jewelry is setting women free.  Young women escaping human trafficking are playing a critical role in every step of their production process, from creation to shipping.  But Purpose does more than merely give these women a job; holistic care is provided through their non-profit, International Sanctuary, and includes education, health care, and counseling. Their program provides every woman they employ with life skills and support to live a full, free life.


5.

AMOUR VERT
Classic Biker Jacket
$278

  Photo by  @amourvert  (Instagram)

Photo by @amourvert (Instagram)

the stuff:

A black leather jacket is a high risk, high reward gift.  If you get it right, you'll have bought yourself a free pass for at least the next three years.  But there are so many ways to get it wrong.  The good news is, there are lots of options out there for a variety of budgets.  The bad news is, there are lots of options out there for a variety of budgets--i.e., so many styles to choose from, it's hard to know what your wife/girlfriend/daughter might want.  Save yourself the headache and get her the Classic Biker Jacket from Amour Vert.  Designed by Deadwood in Stockholm, Sweden, this BLJ is cool without trying too hard (i.e., some silver hardware, but not too much) and the fit is boxy but not bulky.  Best of all, it's made of recycled leather from vintage garments, which means no cow was killed to make the girl on your list look fab. (If you're looking for a vegan leather version, try the Dauntless Moto 1 Quilted Biker Jacket--we haven't tried it on but we've heard great things!) 

the story:

San Francisco-based Amour Vert (the name means "Green Love" in French) uses non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and a zero-waste philosophy to create fashion-forward clothing and accessories that are made in the U.S.A.  Their classic pieces are particularly good for women who need business casual clothes for work.  There are many ethical fashion companies that are making casual basics, but Amour Vert is one of the few we've found that makes on-trend dressier pieces without high-fashion prices. 

  Photo by Amour Vert

Photo by Amour Vert

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1. Beautycounter, Sheer Lipstick in Scarlet, $30

2. Lou Earl, Aix Slip-On Flat Mules in Black Snake, $320

3. People Tree, Electra Top, $70

4. Angela Roi, Morning Cross-Body in Scarlet, $145

5. Davines, Oi Absolute Beautifying Potion, $23

1.

BEAUTYCOUNTER
Sheer Lipstick in Scarlet
$30

  Photo by Beautycounter

Photo by Beautycounter

the stuff:

Not a red lip kind of girl?  This just might convert you.  A universally flattering shade (okay, yes, our sample size was small, but we've got cool and warm skin tones covered, and it looked great on both), this lipstick will eliminate the mirror checks every 12 minutes and the brow furrow over whether that last sip of water faded out your perfect pop of color (it didn't).  A single swipe will give you a sheer, natural look; layer it on for more drama. Pro tip: wear it with the the scarlet cross-body bag and the black snake mules below (they’re not part of the same Edit by accident, people!) and you’ll look like you just walked out of a Vogue cover story about How to Be Awesome.

the story:

When Beautycounter’s founder realized that the beauty industry is largely unregulated in the U.S., she set to work to create great products with no harmful junk. If you’re new to the “clean beauty” scene, a visit to Beautycounter's about page will get you all caught up on why this matters, but here it is in a nutshell: many of the products we rub onto our bodies (and onto our kid’s bodies) every day contain toxic chemicals that are, well, toxic. Many are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, asthma, etc., etc.—you get the picture. Beautycounter’s "Never List" will help you know what to look out for if you want to keep this crap out of your body (because what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream) and they'll let you know exactly what's in each product they sell.  They don't claim to be all-natural--only about 80% of their ingredients are organic or plant-derived-- but the synthetic stuff in their products has been demonstrated to be safe.  If you're a makeup junkie, you may be skeptical of Beautycounter (or any "clean" beauty line for that matter).  We were, too.  But we are on board for companies trying to do better, even if they're not perfect-- and after a few days of wearing this lip sheer, we retired our beloved Nars Jungle Red for good.

 

  Photo by  Courtney  on Pinterest

Photo by Courtney on Pinterest


2.

LOU EARL
Aix Slip-On Flat Mules in Black Snake
$320

 Photo by

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the stuff:

We. Love. Mules. Truly the easiest shoe to slip into, these are incredibly uncomplicated yet impossibly chic. Soft leather, embossed snake skin detail, just the right amount of toe-square – these check so many boxes that we’re even on board with the price.  Pair with some cropped jeans and your new Beautycounter lip sheer and you’ll feel more put together than a fully completed jigsaw puzzle (YES a bad/dad joke but it feels right).  

 

 

 

the story:

Laura Unruh, founder of Lou Earl, is another ladyboss/designer/entrepreneur we love.  Born in Alaska, trained in Seattle, and now based in Los Angeles, Laura designed for a number of mainstream brands before setting out on her own to create everyday modern footwear (mostly mules and oxfords) with an avant-garde aesthetic. Whether she's making her distinctive Lou Earls in Italy or in Los Angeles (she's done both), she's using the highest quality materials and manufacturers committed to craftsmanship, which explains why her shoes aren't cheap.  But if you can swing it, you should get some before the current line sells out (and they will - popular sizes go fast).  Lou Earls are exceptionally well-made with an eye to detail that you can’t find in the mass-produced brands.  Also, they’re crazy chic.

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3.

PEOPLE TREE
Electra Top
$70

  Photo by People Tree

Photo by People Tree

the stuff:

It's a conundrum.  You want to look fun and festive for your office Christmas party, but you don't want to look like you tried.  Enter the Electra top from People Tree.  A classy silhouette with jazzy gold embroidered cuffs (like, real gold thread you guys!) this beauty is the perfect dressy top if you want a little flair without the fuss. Paired with black pants and heels it'll turn some heads at the holiday party, but with an ease that will allow you to swap in jeans and flats the next evening for drinks with friends. Just don't tell them about the real gold thread or they'll make you get the check.

the story:

People Tree is the Susan B. of the sustainable and ethical fashion world—they were pioneers in this industry long before it was trendy (and before some of us were even born).  People Tree implemented the first supply chain for organic cotton and was the first organization in the world to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification for a supply chain located in the developing world. If you want a brand that is doing it all--from social justice to environmental justice--and doing it right, look no further than Tokyo and London-based People Tree. They buy the majority of their products from marginalized producer groups in the developing world, use natural resources throughout their production process, and are committed to being 100% fair trade throughout their supply chain.  All that, and they’re making beautiful clothes we all want to wear—win/win for everyone involved, which is exactly what ethical fashion should be.

 


4.

ANGELA ROI
Morning Cross-Body in Scarlet
$145

  Photo by Angela Roi

Photo by Angela Roi

 

the stuff

With its luxe, soft feel and rich pigment, this vegan leather purse is exceeding all of the expectations we have for faux-anything. Big enough to fit all the essentials without giving you back problems, this bold but simple crossbody is ready to lend a sophisticated touch to any outfit.  Red's not your jam?  Angela Roi offers this signature shape in a variety of fun colors, from burgundy to forest green.

 

 

the story:

Launched in 2013, Angela Roi is an ethical luxury handbag brand based in New York.  Every handbag starts with a hand-sketched idea by Angela that becomes a computer-assisted pattern and ultimately a prototype bag that they test and retest until they get it exactly right.  The final products are crafted by skilled artisans and reliable factories in Korea. We love that, unlike so many handbag designers, Angela Roi actually monitors its factories, sending correspondents quarterly to inspect the conditions.  With the motto "love people, love animals"--and business practices to actually back that up--Angela Roi is as bright and shiny as their colorful bags.

  Photo by Angela Roi (note: the bag pictured here is the more muted Bordeaux shade - the Scarlet bag ships November 28th and can be preordered now)

Photo by Angela Roi (note: the bag pictured here is the more muted Bordeaux shade - the Scarlet bag ships November 28th and can be preordered now)


5.

DAVINES
Oi Beautifying Hair Oil
$23

  Photo by @ davinesnorthamerica  (Instagram)

Photo by @davinesnorthamerica (Instagram)

the stuff:

Hair oil sounds good in theory.  Moisturizing, protecting, softening.  Nobody mentions the grease factor in the ads.  Are we the only ones who look like Robert Palmer girls when we've got hair oil in?  Not anymore.  Davines' Oi Oil (pronounced oy, though we for some reason keeping calling it oui?) hits that sweet spot right at the intersection of glossy and bouncy.  Both you say?  At the same time?  It’s true!  This stuff lives up to its "absolute beautifying potion" name.  It even smells beautiful.  No heavy perfume here, just a clean shampoo-y scent.  Especially good for dry or color-fried strands, you’ll want to start small to see how much your tresses can handle.  Those with fine or thin hair might need just a few drops, while those with a thicker mane can double up.  Be warned though, everyone's gonna be sniffing your hair all day no matter what.

 

the story:

Davines is committed to sustainability at all levels of production. Their products are created using 100% clean energy; Davines has been powering its plants and offices with renewable energy since 2006.  Even the production of their packaging for the Oi line is offset by the purchase of carbon credits generated by operations of forests' creation and protection in Italy, Costa Rica, and Madagascar.  Davines is making a difference in salons as well--the company promotes a campaign for Zero Environmental Impact Salons and helps salons that want to take part (so far in in Norway, Spain and Portugal) to transform into zero impact establishments. They use the minimum amount of plastic possible and where possible, recyclable materials. The main reason we love this brand, though, is that their products make our hair look--and feel--like we haven't been abusing it with crappy products for twenty years.  In other words, it's the stuff of miracles, folks.

  Photo by @ davinesnorthamerica  (Instagram)

Photo by @davinesnorthamerica (Instagram)

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